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Ovarian Cancer – Know the Symptoms

Historically, ovarian cancer was called the “silent killer” because symptoms were not thought to develop until the chance of cure was poor. However, recent studies have shown this term is untrue and that the following symptoms are much more likely to occur in women with ovarian cancer than women in the general population. These symptoms include:

  • Bloating

  • Pelvic and Abdominal Pain

  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly

  • Urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency)

  • Family History of Breast or Ovarian Cancer

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Superheroes Among Us: LeAnne Prenovost

Our own board of directors member, LeAnne Prenovost was recently featured on “Positively Arizona” on Your PHX CW6 as a featured Superhero Among Us for her work and efforts with Ovarian Cancer awareness and support.

September, Ovarian Cancer Awareness month may be over but we continue to spread awareness every single day of the year!

Community Involvement

See how the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Arizona is helping spread Ovarian Cancer awareness in Arizona.

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Thoughts from Annette Mattern, Founder of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Arizona

Annette Mattern, Founder
Annette Mattern, FounderOvarian Cancer Alliance of Arizona

Reflecting on September – National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

Although ovarian cancer survivors are aware of the disease every month, September is when we have a national stage from which to speak out about the need to conquer this insidious disease. It is a time to decide what we as a community can do to improve the trajectory of the life of survivors. It is a time to celebrate the women who, like most of us, got a shock wave in an otherwise normal life when we were told, “you have ovarian cancer.” And were forever changed by it.

As survivors, we bonded with other women who share the diagnosis, drawn together as “survivor sisters” who share the courage and the fear that comes of this journey. We said goodbye to too many, too long before one should, stunned by the loss that we hold too dear, too deep because in the dark of night we know, “it could have been me.” And yet, we keep on.

But we are here. Now. We stand united, a human wall of strength, as we comfort and encourage the new ones and rejoice at the veterans. We galvanize our spirits with the resolve to change the future for all women, any women. We shout to better humanity in our own way by turning our loss and pain into purpose.

I honor you and your life. I hope for your journey to be filled with joy. I am grateful to walk among you and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you.

What ever this month means to you, however you decide you will add to the collective fight for survival, I applaud you and wish you every success.

Maureen’s Story

This touching and sobering mini documentary is aimed at educating the viewer on Ovarian Cancer, the BRCA gene mutation, and the benefits of knowing your family history.

Help and Hope for Women with Ovarian Cancer

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Recent News and Developments in Ovarian Cancer Research

Report from 2017 AACR Special Conference Addressing Critical Questions in Ovarian Cancer Research and Treatment

Report from 2017 AACR Special Conference Addressing Critical Questions in Ovarian Cancer Research and Treatment (October 13, 2017) Every other year, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) brings together ovarian cancer researchers from around the world to share [...]

October 15th, 2017|Categories: Ovarian Cancer News and Research|
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  • Blocking ovarian cancer's energy supply helps curb spread September 10, 2018
    New research reveals that, to fuel tumor invasion of nearby tissue, ovarian cancer cells recruit supporting cells to supply energy from glycogen.
  • Ovarian cancer: Scientists find a way to launch dual attack September 3, 2018
    Antibody immunotherapy for solid tumors has shown limited success. Now, one that attacks two targets in ovarian cancer cells promises to improve prospects.
  • Ovarian cancer and weight gain: What's the link? August 1, 2018
    Some people with ovarian cancer may experience weight gain. Bloating, certain treatments for cancer, or changes in lifestyle after diagnosis could be linked to this weight gain. In this article, we look at the link between weight gain and ovarian cancer and consider some tips for weight management.
  • Can ovarian cysts become cancerous? August 1, 2018
    Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that can develop in the ovaries. They are often harmless and require no treatment. However, they can sometimes cause symptoms similar to ovarian cancer or, rarely, become cancerous themselves. A doctor may surgically remove an ovarian cyst that is causing problems. Learn more here.
  • What are the first symptoms of ovarian cancer? June 15, 2018
    Ovarian cancer is a condition that can be detected and treated, the key is knowing the symptoms. The earlier these are detected and diagnosed, the better the outcome is likely to be. Symptoms include bloating, pelvic pain, and painful sex. Learn more about early signs of ovarian cancer, and when to see a doctor, here.
  • Viruses reprogrammed to attack cancer May 29, 2018
    Scientists have designed a way to reprogram viruses. They have trained them to attack cancerous cells but leave healthy tissue unscathed.
  • Why ovarian cancer spreads and how we might stop it May 9, 2018
    A new study unlocks the mystery of ovarian cancer metastasis. The findings may lead to new treatments, using existing drugs to stop tumors from spreading.
  • Could hemp help to beat ovarian cancer? April 26, 2018
    Although hemp has fallen out of favor over the years, some scientists believe that a certain strain could help in the battle against ovarian cancer.
  • Personalized vaccine fights off cancer in clinical trial April 13, 2018
    A groundbreaking new pilot study designs personalized tumor vaccines for people with late-stage ovarian cancer. The results are promising.
  • Ovarian cancer: How your father's genes can affect your risk February 16, 2018
    New research finds that fathers can pass their daughters a genetic mutation that can cause ovarian cancer. It can also cause prostate cancer in men.

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