Tuesday Tips

For the first round of Tuesday Tips, we thought it’s important to share the silent symptoms of ovarian cancer and ways to be more mindful of your body. The earlier you catch any cancer, but especially ovarian, the better your chances of survival are. I’m sure most people think at some point in their life, that will never be me, but the fact is that ovarian cancer is the 4th most common cancer death among women in the United States. Every female in the US has a 1 in 55 or 1.8% chance of developing ovarian cancer. That should be reason enough to listen to your body and be educated on signs that something may be wrong. Even if you never suffer from the disease, you may be able to help a loved one who could be.

The symptoms of ovarian cancer include:

  • Bloating
  • Difficult menstrual cycles
  • Headaches
  • Unusual weight gain
  • Sleepless nights
  • Sense of urgency or higher frequency to urinate
  • Abdominal pain
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Fatigue
  • Indigestion
  • Back pain
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Constipation

Here are a three tips to be more mindful of your body to make sure you stay healthy and catch any disease in advance:

  1. Note any patterns. If you’re having headaches unusually often, stomachaches, fatigue, etc. note them in your calendar and bring it up with your doctor.
  2. Do your research. Educate yourself on your family’s history. Find out if you have relatives who have suffered from diseases. Get tested for certain genes to see if you’re more susceptible to certain cancers or other health concerns than an average person.
  3. Be aware of what you put into your body. How we feed our bodies is essential in maintaining good health. Read labels when you’re at the grocery store, research what ingredients to look out for when reading through those labels. Don’t over medicate yourself. Unless otherwise recommended by your physician, try not to self-medicate. Watch out for cleaning products. Some of the products on the market to clean our homes are doing more harm than good. Look for eco-friendly options that have less chemicals that could be potentially harmful or contain carcinogens.

Visit OCSA’s website to get more facts about ovarian cancer.

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