Saturday, 25 September 2010

Go Teal for Ovarian Cancer Awareness

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Help spread awareness of this silent killer by painting your toenails teal, the ovarian cancer awareness color. When people ask you about it, spread the word!

Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer.Even in its early stages ovarian cancer has symptoms. Research indicates that 95 percent of women with ovarian cancer had symptoms and 90 percent of women experienced symptoms with early-stage ovarian cancer. Symptoms vary from woman to woman and many times depend on the location of the tumor and its impact on the surrounding organs. Many of the symptoms mimic other conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome.

The Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and the American Cancer Society, with significant support from the Alliance formed a consensus statement on ovarian cancer. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance has endorsed the consensus statement, which was announced in June 2007. The statement follows.

Historically ovarian cancer was called the “silent killer” because symptoms were not thought to develop until the chance of cure was poor. However, recent studies have shown this term is untrue and that the following symptoms are much more likely to occur in women with ovarian cancer than women in the general population. These symptoms include:

•Pelvic or abdominal pain
•Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
•Urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency)

Women with ovarian cancer report that symptoms are persistent and represent a change from normal for their bodies. The frequency and/or number of such symptoms are key factors in the diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Several studies show that even early stage ovarian cancer can produce these symptoms.

Women who have these symptoms almost daily for more than a few weeks should see their doctor, preferably a gynecologist. Prompt medical evaluation may lead to detection at the earliest possible stage of the disease. Early stage diagnosis is associated with an improved prognosis.

This post was inspired from the blog going glam with gi gi. All photos and info taken from her blog. Go check her out, and make sure to swing by and check out her photography site as well.

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  1. I will go teal today!!! and I will post my pretty teal toes on my blog and pass on theawareness..thankyou! this is awesome!

  2. What a great post! I had no idea, thank you for sharing:)

  3. Thank you for passing this along :) I am glad we met here in Bloggie World!
    I did the Teal Toes post for one of my Best Bloggie Friend Lisa from
    She died in August! She found out she had Ovarian Cancer and died in three weeks!
    It just seems people aren't as aware like they are for Breast Cancer!
    It just breaks my heart!


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