September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and here at Bright Pink we’re empowering women to learn their ovarian cancer risk and how to manage their ovarian health proactively!
Despite Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, many people still aren’t aware of the symptoms and risk factors that can sometimes lead to an ovarian cancer diagnosis. The symptoms of ovarian cancer can be confused with digestive or menstrual issues, for this reason, ovarian cancer is often detected at a later stage, when it has already become life-threatening. It is even called the “silent killer” because symptoms are often attributed to other ailments.
1 in 75 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in their lifetime and 2 out of 3 women will die as a result–often due to a late-stage diagnosis–making ovarian cancer the 5th leading cause of cancer death in women. However, when caught early, the 5-year survival rate for ovarian cancer is greater than 92 percent!
“Bright Pink will help women study up and speak up related to this silent killer” says Bright Pink CEO, Katie Thiede, “we are determined to make noise about it.”
This September, in honor of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Bright Pink is encouraging women to become #OvarianSelfAware and take an active role in their health by practicing Ovarian Self-Awareness. Our goal is to empower thousands of women to know and manage their ovarian cancer risk this National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
Ovarian Self-Awareness is defined as a recognition of one’s own ovarian health and cancer risk.
Here are two key things all women can do to personalize their approach to ovarian health management by being #OvarianSelfAware:
- Know your family history: Who had cancer? What type of cancer did they have? What age were they when they were diagnosed?
- Know the symptoms: It’s so important to stay alert and aware of what’s happening with your body. Some symptoms include pelvic or abdominal pain, prolonged bloating, frequent urination, constipation, and heartburn.
Sound familiar? Even the healthiest women face these symptoms on a regular basis. The key is persistence. If you notice any of these symptoms persisting for 2-3 weeks, it’s time to make an appointment with your health provider and ask “Could it be my ovaries?”