To commemorate Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and promote women's health the UTMB Mother & Family Course (N4531) students recently wore teal - the color for ovarian cancer awareness. This students spread the word about the signs and symptoms of this sometimes silent disease through word of mouth and email to friends, family and loved ones.
One in 71 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. With early detection about 94 percent will survive longer than 5 years after diagnosis. However, only 15 percent of ovarian cancer is caught early. Every year, 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the US and 16,000 women will die.
Research suggests that the following symptoms may be associated with ovarian cancer:
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
- Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
- Urinary urgency or frequency
If you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms more than three times per week for a couple of months, please seek medical attention.
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