Teal is also the color for Ovarian Cancer Awareness, the philanthropy of my sorority, Sigma Alpha Omega®. September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and we have been promoting the cause around campus. I thought I would share this with you all since the majority of my readers are ladies, and it’s so important for us to be aware of certain diseases.
Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women. More than 20,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2014. There is a 44% five-year survival rate for those diagnosed with ovarian cancer. While it is more common in older women in their 50s and 60s, women can develop ovarian cancer at any age. All women can be at risk for the cancer. Knowing the symptoms helps detect the disease at an early stage.
Ovarian cancer may cause one or more of these signs and symptoms:
- Vaginal bleeding (particularly if you are past menopause) or discharge from your vagina that is not normal for you.
- Pain or pressure in the pelvic or abdominal area (the area below your stomach and in between your hip bones).
- Back pain.
- Bloating, which is when the area below your stomach swells or feels full.
- Feeling full quickly while eating.
- A change in your bathroom habits, such as having to pass urine very badly or very often, constipation, or diarrhea.