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September Is National Ovarian Cancer Month

We are more than halfway through the month of September, and I feel a bit remiss because I haven't mentioned that it is Natioanl Ovarian Cancer Awareness, which is represented by the teal ribbon. This disease has been dubbed the silent killer, since the symptoms of ovarian cancer don't usually appear until the cancer has progressed into advance stages when it is difficult, if not impossible, to cure.

Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer in women. In an effort to diagnose the cancer earlier, health officials have pinpointed the following four symptoms that when experienced simultaneously are used to screen for ovarian cancer: bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, and urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency). Women are strongly encouraged to see their doctor, preferably their gynecologist if they have been experiencing these symptoms almost daily for more than a few weeks.

While some women may be genetically predisposed to the disease, research has found that eating 30 grams of fiber a day can decrease your risk of developing ovarian cancer by 40 percent. So eat your fiber regularly.

Feel the need to know more about ovarian cancer? Then visit the FitSugar Health Guide.


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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
thank you for sharing this with us! i didn't realize that it was ovarian cancer month - i feel like the only month that people pay mind to is breast cancer awareness month - and this is something that we should all think about. i hate to say it but i get frustrated when i hear about how certain foods are said to reduce your risk for diseases - i'm sure that there's something fact based in saying it but i always have to take pause to think if it really makes a difference. i would wonder why fiber of all things would help reduce the risk here when fiber is something that we all eat regularly - yet a lot of women are obviously still getting this form of cancer.
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