When we are faced with grief and loss, where can we go? We can go to the foot of Christ’s cross.
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Wear teal today – it’s WORLD OVARIAN CANCER DAY!!!
Today is the day we raise awareness about ovarian cancer, the women’s cancer with the lowest survival rate for which there is little awareness and no cure. On this day, ovarian cancer awareness organizations from across the world will aim to have a singular focus and talk about ovarian cancer and its symptoms.
World Ovarian Cancer Day will take place on May 8th each year.
I am so glad that there is a day to make women aware of the dangers of ovarian cancer because it has the lowest survival rate of all gynecological cancers. There is a frightening lack of awareness of symptoms and late stage diagnosis which is almost certainly a death sentence.
Today is the first World Ovarian Cancer Day. Ovarian cancer organizations from around the world will unite to educate their communities about ovarian cancer and its symptoms. For women living with the disease, and their families and friends, World Ovarian Cancer Day will build a sense of solidarity in the fight against the disease.
My message to you today is – Keep your appointment with your OB/GYN. If you do not have one – get one! A total hysterectomy is a very scary thing to face, but it’s sure better than facing ovarian/uterine cancer!
Every year, nearly a quarter of a million women globally are diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, and it is responsible for 140,000 deaths – largely due to late-stage diagnosis! Statistics show that just 45% of women with ovarian cancer are likely to survive for five years compared to up to 89% of women with breast cancer.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
- All women are at risk of ovarian cancer
- Awareness of the early warning signs of the disease could save lives
- Diagnosis at an early stage vastly improves a woman’s chance of survival
- Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed at a late stage.
- The cervical smear test (Pap test) will NOT detect ovarian cancer
Symptoms of ovarian cancer can often be confused with other less serious conditions such as gastrointestinal disorders. Symptoms include:
- Bloating that seems to be persistent
- Increase in abdominal size
- Feeling full all the time
- Loss of appetite
- Frequent urination
If you notice changes and you have an uneasy feeling about things – a sense that something is not right – see your OB/GYN. I would rather keep the appointment and be told that I’m wrong than to not keep the appointment and find out that I was right. By then it could be too late.
The earlier you receive a diagnosis of ovarian/uterine cancer, the better your chances of survival!!!
Here’s the bottom line to every woman reading this post and every man who loves a woman and will tell her: