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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Cancer affects so many people on a daily basis. It’s so important that we are aware of signs and symptoms and to wherever possible, be one step ahead of this awful disease. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and so I wanted to do my bit to help spread awareness amongst women, by sharing some information.

Key Statistics About Ovarian Cancer

  • Ovarian cancer ranks 5th in cancer deaths amongst women
  • Ovarian cancer is the #1 cause of gynecologic cancer deaths
  • Women have a 1 in 75 chance of developing ovarian cancer in their lifetime
  • Half the women who develop ovarian cancer are over the age of 60
  • Around 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year
  • 14,000 women die each year from ovarian cancer
  • Only 15% of ovarian cancers are diagnosed at stage 1
  • Every 23 minutes, a woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the United States

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Symptoms

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
  • Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often
  • Fatigue
  • Upset stomach
  • Back pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Constipation or menstrual changes

Know What Increases Your Risk

  • Family history of breast or ovarian cancer
  • Genetic mutations such as BRCA1 and BRCA2
  • Post-menopausal
  • Increasing in age over 40
  • Obesity, or a BMI of at least 30

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

How To Reduce Your Risk

  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Eat foods rich in vitamin A, D & E, and omega-3 fatty acids
  • Do not use talcum powder on or near your genitals

Use of oral contraceptives for 5+ years reduces your risk of developing ovarian cancer by 50%

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

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12 Comments

  1. 27th September 2017 / 8:31 am

    Cancer is such an awful thing. Thanks for sharing this information.

    • Jaki
      27th September 2017 / 9:27 pm

      Thanks for reading.

  2. 27th September 2017 / 9:44 pm

    I lost my nan just before I was born to Ovarian Cancer and it’s funny because I never met her, my Dad hardly even talks about her, but it makes me sad and I miss what we could have had. #BloggerClubUK

    • Jaki
      28th September 2017 / 8:13 pm

      I’m so sorry to hear this. Thank you for reading this.

  3. 29th September 2017 / 5:37 pm

    My aunt and grandmother died of ovarian cancer. i was on the board of a non prof for OC for a long time. It’s such a tough one, as all the symptoms are ones we all have most of the time anyway. Thanks for your awareness. I am happy to spread the word. xoxo

    • Jaki
      29th September 2017 / 6:07 pm

      I am so sorry to hear this. We all know someone who has suffered or is suffering. It’s so sad. Thank you for sharing. xx

  4. 29th September 2017 / 6:20 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. I think spreading the word about symptoms is so important as they mimic so many other things!! Thanks for sharing with #bloggersbest xx

    • Jaki
      29th September 2017 / 6:23 pm

      Definitely! Thank you for sharing it too! xx

  5. 29th September 2017 / 7:29 pm

    Sharing the symptoms is so important especially since many doctors don’t even pick up on them. My mom didn’t get diagnosed until it was grade 4 despite having all of the symptoms. the doctors kept telling her not to worry about it and/or she had a water infection. We now know she carries the brca1 gene so the rest of the family are being tested. A very worthwhile subject to write about, thank you

    • Jaki
      29th September 2017 / 8:47 pm

      I’m so sorry to hear about your Mum, I really hope she’s okay. And of course, that the rest of your family are too.

  6. 3rd October 2017 / 8:53 pm

    This is such a useful and informative post about Ovarian cancer, it’s really helpful and positive to hear that there are thing we can do to reduce it against the scarily high statistics. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    • Jaki
      7th October 2017 / 10:47 am

      Thank you for hosting Claire x

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