Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common type of cancer in women. More than 25,000 women are diagnosed in America each year, and about 16,000 will die of the disease in 2005.

To help raise awareness of ovarian cancer, Harris Hospital is supporting the Teal Toes project. How? By painting your toenails teal, the ovarian cancer color. Then by getting your friends to paint their toenails teal too, and then by talking with people when they ask about it to make sure that they know the signs of this whispering killer that walks on tip toes. Any time of year is good for teal toes, but we especially recommend September, the ovarian cancer awareness month. Allure Grand Salon in Newport is providing $5.00 off a teal colored pedicure through the month of September to help support awareness.
The fatality rate in ovarian cancer cases is high because the symptoms of the disease mirror those of other relatively minor conditions such as digestive disorders, and often ovarian cancer isn’t detected until it has spread into tissues and organs beyond the ovaries. Therefore, early detection is important in fighting the disease to prolong women’s lives.
Several risk factors have been identified in connection with ovarian cancer. The most significant risk factor is having an inherited genetic mutation of BRCA 1 or BRCA 2. Family history is another risk. Contacting a physician is strongly recommended if you have a family history of the disease. Age is another risk factor, as the disease is more common in post-menopausal women. Infertility has also been linked to ovarian cancer.
Most symptoms of ovarian cancer are similar to less serious conditions. However, recent studies indicate that a few symptoms are more likely to appear in women with ovarian cancer than other conditions. These symptoms include:
• Abdominal pressure, fullness, swelling or bloating;
• Consistent urge to urinate and
• Pelvic discomfort or pain.
Additional common symptoms that are not exclusive to ovarian cancer cases, include:
• Consistent nausea or indigestion;
• Unexplained changes in bowel habits;
• Loss of appetite;
• Unexplained weight loss or gain;
• A continual lack of energy;
• Lower back pain and
• Pain during intercourse.
If you have experienced several of the risk factors and symptoms listed, or want to learn more about the disease, talk with your primary care physician or gynecologist. Be sure to visit Allure Grand Salon in Village Mall to take advantage of the Teal Toes discount this month!
Mayo Clinic: www.mayoclinic.com