September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. TEAL is the representative color. Why TEAL? It is an acronym for Take Early Action & Live. The key to early diagnosis can be paying attention to signs and symptoms and having regular check-ups.
Symptoms may include:
• Pelvic or Abdominal pain
• Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
• Urinary urgency or frequency
Other symptoms may include:
• Nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation or diarrhea
• Extreme fatigue
• Shortness of breath
• Weight Gain
There is no adequate screening test of ovarian cancer at this time which is one of the reasons that this cancer is often discovered in later stages.
Talk to your doctor if symptoms last more than 2-3 weeks. You are your best advocate.