Thursday, July 12, 2012

OC Checklist

Ovarian cancer took our dear cousin and friend, Jenn, in November of 2009.  She fought it valiantly for over a year.  The symptoms of ovarian cancer whisper, and most women ignore the quiet symptoms chalking them up to other things.  Because of this, most women are diagnosed in later stages of ovarian cancer, where the survival rates are not optimistic.  There is no test, and a pap smear does not indicate either way.  Right now, the best method of detection is knowing your body and raising concerns to your OB/GYN.  The checklist below was developed to help identify early warning signs of ovarian cancer.  Please be vigilant and pass this along if you can.  Hopefully these efforts (by NOCC, Dr. Oz, MD Anderson et al) will save the next family the loss of their beloved mother, daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, and friend.  Rest in peace Jenn.

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