Many of us share a bundle of emotions when discussing ovarian cancer-
Many of us feel angry, many of us feel like we were “ripped off”….we hurt because we either feel more could have been done, or possibly because we believe we lacked the right information and support.
Like me, many struggle with the fact they had little time to find answers…there just didn’t seem to be anyone with the answers we were looking for and when we began the search, there seemed little anyone could do.
We feel our anger “justified”, mainly because WE were never told about ovarian cancer.And when this disease takes our loved-one from us, the anguish leads to “blame”. Why didn’t that doctor know? Why didn’t they do more? Why didn’t “I” do more?
And on and on it goes…..until we hear of others like us….others going through the same thing, the same pain the same suffering.
Others who had also felt “in the dark” when it came to this cancer and all asking the same question: “What IS ovarian cancer?”
Years later, and we still have much that needs to be done in ensuring this cancer receives more exposure but we have made progress and we will continue to do so!
The best plan of action next to a cure, is prevention, and the best weapon we have in this battle is “awareness”.
So…whenever we feel frustrated or angry that WE never knew, well…we know NOW.
Every time we wish WE could have done something…well, we can NOW.
You and I are now equipped with enough valuable information & resources to arm and protect others just like us and by doing so, enables THEM to pass it along.
I had made a promise….that no other woman would die in vain, and by spreading awareness I believe Ive kept that vow.
From a whisper to a roar….ovarian cancer, silent NO MORE!
Ovarian cancer accounts for 4% of female cancers and there are over 200,000 new cases each year around the world. It is the most deadly of the gynecological cancers, with overall five year survival of only 35%.
Because the symptoms of early ovarian cancer are common to many other conditions and often vague and hard to describe, it can take a long time to get a proper diagnosis. For this reason, ovarian cancer is sometimes known as the ‘silent killer’. In a study, doctors at the University of Bristol, UK, argue that ovarian cancer is not really silent – rather, its sounds are not being heard. By this, they mean that one symptom, in particular, is being overlooked.
They studied the presenting symptoms of 212 women with ovarian cancer taken from general practice database in Devon, England. From the analysis, it emerged that abdominal distension is a significant symptom that warrants further investigation, particularly if present with other symptoms like urinary frequency. The problem is that abdominal distension is often described by the patient as ‘bloating’. But bloating is a vague term – sometimes it means gastrointestinal discomfort associated with problems like irritable bowel syndrome where abdominal girth will increase, but then subside.
More sinister is abdominal distension that does not come and go, but is progressive. When this is present it may indicate ovarian cancer and should not be dismissed as a digestive problem. The constellation of symptoms that may give warning of ovarian cancer is: abdominal distension, urinary frequency, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, fatigue and postmenopausal bleeding. The last one will – or should – always prompt the doctor to instigate further investigation. The other symptoms are so common that they could be overlooked or misdiagnosed. The researchers say that if a woman complains of bloating, its exact nature should be investigated, in case it means ovarian cancer which, caught early enough, could be cured.
Original article: http://www.tele-management.ca/2013/08/ovarian-cancer-is-not-a-silent-killer/