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

  • Ovarian cancer statistics November 26, 2018
    Knowing the statistics on ovarian cancer can help a person better understand the condition. However, it is important to remember that everyone has a different experience with cancer.
  • New blood test can detect ovarian cancer in its early stages November 23, 2018
    Ovarian cancer is rarely detected in its early stages, which makes treatment less effective. A new blood test, however, may become a game-changer.
  • Does baby powder cause cancer? What to know October 30, 2018
    Baby powder manufacturers have recently faced lawsuits that their product, a type of talc, may cause ovarian cancer. Learn about the claims and research here.
  • Ovarian cancer: Taking regular low-dose aspirin can lower risk October 4, 2018
    An analysis of data from two large cohorts totaling 205,498 women sees that regularly taking low-dose aspirin is linked to reduced risk of ovarian cancer.
  • Ovarian cancer: Newer birth control pills may lower risk September 28, 2018
    A large study examines the effect of newer combined oral contraceptives on the risk of ovarian cancer among women of reproductive age.
  • 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.

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