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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Annual Teal Trek Walk

The OCAZ is making a difference in Arizona with our annual Teal Trek Walk! Watch the Video below and check out news and info about the upcoming Teal Trek Walk 2018!

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 [...]

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  • New device can detect cancer in just a drop of blood February 26, 2019
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  • Ovarian cancer risk after a hysterectomy January 21, 2019
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  • Missed periods and ovarian cancer December 12, 2018
    Most causes of missed or irregular periods are not serious. However, less commonly, a missed period can be a sign of ovarian cancer. Early detection and treatment of this type of cancer can improve a person’s outlook. Learn more here.

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