Posted by: 2in10 | 03/01/2011

ovarian cancer symptoms

Here’s an excerpt I wanted to share with you from the Annie Appleseed Project www.annieappleseedproject.org.

From MEDSCAPE: Early detection of ovarian cancer is possible through an evaluation of specific symptoms of recent onset and significant frequency, according to the results of a case-control study reported in the December 11 Early View issue of Cancer.

When your symptoms are persistent and other explanations don’t work, make sure you and your doctor know the following:

Ovarian Cancer Facts:

Occurs in 1 out of 55 women, at any age

Most women are diagnosed when the chance of survival for 5 years is about 20%. Early detection improves survival rate. [Ann’s NOTE: A blood test LPA is currently being tested that may truly be able to detect very early (Stage 1) ovarian cancer. It is in clinical trial now. And remember, some women survive in every group.]

Symptoms are subtle, persistent and usually increase over time: bloating, a feeling of fullness, gas, frequent or urgent urination, nausea, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, menstrual disorders, pain during intercourse, fatigue, backaches.

TAKE ACTION if any symptoms last more than 2-3 weeks. Ask for a combination pelvic/rectal exam, a CA 125 blood test, and a transvaginal sonogram.

I would add that when you present to your doctor as a “healthy” woman who takes care of herself it can be hard to imagine something very serious. In my experience both the doctor and I wanted everything to be OK, so while my symptoms were written off as nothing the disease progressed to Stage III before it couldn’t be ignored.

Carolyn

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