The wonderful Michelle Fabio from "Bleeding Espresso" did remind me with her latest blog post, that every female blogger should use her blog to spread the word before the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month September is over for this year - and since she is totally right I dedicate today's post to this very serious topic.
Everybody knows what the pink ribbon stands for. It is is the symbol for the Breast Cancer Awareness. But have you ever seen this teal one before? If not - now is the time.
Ovarian cancer is called the "silent killer", because the symptoms are mostly very unspecific and so it gets often diagnosed in a late stadium, which reduces the chance for cure enormously.
Every lady here will know this situation ... there is a little pain every here and there - and we all have the tendency to ignore it. Being so involved in our daily lifes with work and family and so many things on the plate we often do not listen enough to the messages of our bodies.
The more important it is to know the signs and to see your doctor early enough. Learn here more about the symptoms and risk factors:
Signs & Symptoms
• Pelvic and/or abdominal pain
• Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
• Urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency)
Several other symptoms have been commonly reported by women with ovarian cancer including fatigue, indigestion, back pain, pain with intercourse, constipation, and menstrual irregularities. These symptoms are not as useful in identifying ovarian cancer as they are also frequently found in women in the general population who do not have ovarian cancer.
• Increasing age, with highest occurrence in women over 50
• Family or personal history of ovarian, breast, endometrial, or colon cancer
• Uninterrupted ovulation (having no pregnancies, infertility, low parity)
• Presence of gene mutations, especially BRCA 1 or BRCA 2
And please - visit your gynecologist for the regular cancer check ups. Not only because of ovarian but also for breast and cervix cancer check ups. Also please listen to your body and don't be shy telling your doctor everything you think could be important.
For more information you can check for example the website of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, where I collected the information above.
If you - just like me, who lost her parents both to cancer - cannot understand why we can walk on the moon, but not cure a mass killer like cancer, you may feel like doing something more than just reading this and think about donating. There are a million organisations outside, which are worth to be supported. Feel free to scan the internet to find the right one for you. These three are only my personal recommendations:
1) The Cowgirl Cure Foundation founded by my beloved friend and ovarian cancer fighter and survivor Gina de Palma.
2) The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
3) Deutsche Krebshilfe
Thanks for reading and take care!