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What are good prevention practices for ovarian cancer?

By September 3, 2014 - 12:08pm
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Ovarian cancer affects so many women. What are some good ways to prevent ovarian cancer?

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Hi Lauren -

While it's important to focus on ways to prevent ovarian cancer, it's also important that women know the warning signs for this "silent" cancer which often is misdiagnosed or is diagnosed at late stages.

The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition provides a lot of good information. They state the following:

Ovarian cancer is difficult to detect, especially, in the early stages. This is partly due to the fact that these two small, almond shaped organs are deep within the abdominal cavity, one on each side of the uterus. These are some of the potential signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
  • Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often

Other symptoms of ovarian cancer can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Upset stomach or heartburn
  • Back pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Constipation or menstrual changes

If symptoms persist for more than two weeks, see your physician.

Thanks for bringing up this important topic.


September 4, 2014 - 6:24pm

Hi Lauren,

Thank you for sharing this very important question with the EmpowHER community! Ovarian Cancer is such a devastating disease. Here are a few non-surgical and surgical ways to prevent it. Early detection is the best defense.

This article from the EmpowHER community talks about how to prevent Ovarian Cancer from everyday environmental exposure.

The second article, talks about surgical procedures and birth control decreasing the risks. 



Does this help Lauren?



September 3, 2014 - 12:22pm
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