September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
Did you know that there is no conclusive test to detect ovarian cancer? That’s why being aware of the subtle, almost-silent symptoms is key to early diagnosis. And early diagnosis = better prognosis.
❑ Pelvic or abdominal pain
❑ Vague but persistent gastrointestinal upsets such as gas, nausea, or indigestion
❑ Difficulty eating OR feeling full quickly
❑ Urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency)
❑ Unexplained changes in bowel habits
❑ Unexplained weight gain/loss
❑ Ongoing unusual fatigue
❑ Back Pain
❑ Menstrual changes
❑ Pain during intimacy
IF THESE SYMPTOMS PERSIST FOR 10 DAYS TO 2 WEEKS, CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR.
❑ Genetic predisposition (BRCA1/BRCA2 gene)
❑ Personal or family history of breast, ovarian or colon cancer
❑ Increasing age
❑ Reproductive history and infertility
❑ Hormone replacement therapy