July 14, 2011 - 9:45am
I want every woman to please take a moment and read this. My mother died last year from ovarian cancer - 5 weeks from diagnosis until she passed away. In retrospect, she had many of the common ovarian cancer symptoms but we (her doctors included) attributed those to more benign things such as aging, diet and IBS. This is a story you hear over and over again from women with ovarian cancer.
I have started Ribbons To Remember Foundation for the sole purpose of educating women so they may avoid the loss and heartbreak we have endured.
In 2011, it is estimated that 26,000 women in the US will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 15,000 will die.
The 5 year survival rate with EARLY detection is over 92%. When diagnosed in late stages (which happens in over 80% of women) that 5 year survival rate drastically declines to less than 20%.
The problem is that NO means of early detection exists.
Symptoms of ovarian cancer:
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:
Upset stomach or heartburn
Pain during sex
Constipation or menstrual changes
If symptoms persist for more than two weeks, please see your physician.