Thursday, July 06, 2006

PSA: Ovarian Cancer

Some facts provided by SHARE about ovarian cancer in a handy-dandy wallet card:
  • All women are at risk
  • Ovarian cancer occurs in about 1 out of 55 women
  • Symptoms can be vague, but do exist
  • Early detection increases survival rates
  • A PAP smear does not detect ovarian cancer
  • Abdominal pressure, bloating, or discomfort
  • Nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation, or diarrhea
  • Urinary frequency or urgency
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss or gain
  • Shortness of breath
If these symptoms persist and/or recur, seek the advice of a gynecologic oncologist. Experts recommend a pelvic/rectal exam, a transvaginal sonogram, and a CA 125 blood test.
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posted by Adriana at 2:23 PM


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