This year marks the first ever World Ovarian Cancer Day. I am so happy to have a step in the right direction for raising awareness of Ovarian Cancer. My dream is to have just as much awareness as breast cancer does. This will be a big feat but I do believe it will happen someday.
What is World Ovarian Cancer Day (WOCD) all about?
Ovarian cancer has the lowest survival rate of all gynecologic cancers, and is characterized around the world by a lack of awareness of symptoms and late stage diagnosis. May 8th, 2013, is the first World Ovarian Cancer Day. On this 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. To read more: http://ovariancancerday.org/about-wocd/.
I am very happy to be a part of this community and am looking forward to making a positive impact on awareness and fundraising in hopes that there will be many more survivors out there.
Ovarian cancer symptoms are quite often confused with gastrointestinal issues and therefore go undiagnosed. Here is a list of symptoms to watch for:
If a woman experiences one or more of the following symptoms on most days within a three week period, they should discuss their concerns with their doctor:
- Increased abdominal size / persistent bloating (not bloating that comes and goes)
- Difficulty eating/feeling full quickly
- Abdominal or pelvic pain
- Needing to pass urine more urgently or more frequently