September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in the United States.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month the same month in all countries?

No. Different countries may have different months. February was Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in Australia and March, in the United Kingdom

Ovarian Cancer

In what women does ovarian cancer typically occur?Meno Martha: Ovarian Cancer Awareness

The (United States) explain:

“This cancer typically occurs in women in their fifties and sixties with the median age being 63. Many women who are diagnosed with Ovarian cancer have a genetic history that may include carrying the BRCA mutation gene and having a strong family history of ovarian cancer”.

Ovarian Cancer Symptoms

What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

On the home page of their website elaborate on:

Meno Martha: Ovarian Cancer Awareness

“Symptoms may include:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or Abdominal pain
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly

Other symptoms may include:

  • Nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation or diarrhea
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Backaches
  • Weight Gain”.

Screening Test

Is there a screening test for ovarian cancer?

There is currently no screening test for ovarian cancer. In Ovarian Cancer: Basic Information – What Should I Know About Screening? the (United States) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note:

“The Pap test does not check for ovarian cancer. The only cancer the Pap test screens for is cervical cancer. Since there is no simple and reliable way to screen for any gynecologic cancer except for cervical cancer, it is especially important to recognize warning signs, and learn what you can do to reduce your risk”.

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Last Updated: 26 August 2019 – Last Revised: 26 August 2019
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