September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Health

Ovarian cancer can affect any woman, at any age. But the disease usually targets women in their 50’s and 60’s.

Its an age when most middle aged-women stop having annual pap smears; the test to check for cervical cancer.

Ovarian cancer kills more than 14,000 women each year, but a yearly exam can save your life.

Dr. Robert Wool told 22News that early detection is key to successful treatment. 

“We’d love to find it early,” Wool told 22News. “[If] you find it in stages 1 and 2, the rate of cure is considerably higher than if you find it in stages 3 and 4.”

Warning signs include bloating, abdominal pain and a change in bowel movements.

You can reduce your risk of ovarian cancer by eating healthy, not smoking and receiving annual pelvic exams.

If you have a family history of cancer, consider taking a genetic test to see if you carry the gene. The test is covered by most insurance companies.

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