May 8th is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day. Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer-related death for women in the US. It is estimated that nearly 14,000 women died of ovarian cancer in 2020. With this in mind, the healthcare providers here at Family Practice Center wanted to share some important information on ovarian cancer for women.

Part of the reason ovarian cancer is so dangerous is that it is rarely caught early in its most treatable stages. The symptoms of ovarian cancer can be vague and easily dismissed. These symptoms include bloating, abdominal pain, pelvic pain, feeling of fullness quickly after eating, and urgency to urinate. Other less common symptoms may include back pain, constipation, menstrual changes, and fatigue.

It’s important for women to take a proactive approach to their reproductive health. If you suspect that something may be wrong, don’t wait until your annual physical appointment to discuss your concerns. In the case of an ovarian cancer diagnosis, the sooner the diagnosis is made, the more effective treatment will be.

Check out the video below in which registered nurse Missy Keith discusses ovarian cancer and what women can do to minimize their risk:

We strongly advise women to keep up with their annual wellness appointments and regular cancer screenings to help promote the prevention and early detection of ovarian cancer. Don’t wait; stay healthy! For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our healthcare providers, please contact Family Practice Center today. You can follow us on Facebook for additional health tips, news, and much more.