September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian cancer only accounts for about three percent of all cancers in women, but it is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death among women.
Since there’s still no reliable way to screen for ovarian cancer, symptom awareness is key. Speak with your doctor or gynecologist if you experience new or unusual symptoms for more than two consecutive weeks, including:
– Vaginal bleeding, particularly if you’re past menopause.
– Pain or pressure in the pelvic or abdominal area.
– Back pain.
– Feeling full quickly while eating.
– Urinary problems (urgency or frequency).
If you’ve been diagnosed with ovarian cancer or know someone who has, the Linda Young Ovarian Cancer Support Group of the Oncology Support Program at HealthAlliance, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, meets monthly at the Reuner Cancer Support House, 80 Mary’s Ave., Kingston, NY. For more information, call 845-339-2071.