So what's the message? The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition wants women to "Break the Silence" And in observance of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month they have developed a downloadable conversation starter so that women can learn the right questions to ask their healthcare providers. They suggest that if you are experiencing two or three of the following unexplained target symptoms and they persist for two weeks or more you should see your doctor and ask for a rectovaginal exam, a transvaginal ultrasound and a CA-125 blood test.
Symptoms of ovarian cancer include:
Other symptoms reported by women with ovarian cancer include:
*Frequency of Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer in Women Presenting to Primary Care Clinics
Barbara A. Goff; Lynn S. Mandel; Cindy H. Melancon; Howard G. Muntz;
JAMA. 2004; 291:2705-2712
Photo credit: National Ovarian Cancer Coalition