My son’s former Spanish teacher was in the paper today; she died of ovarian cancer. He said, “She was the best Spanish teacher and so much fun.” It seems like there are a lot more middle age women getting ovarian cancer; some dying of it. Sometimes you are having the fight of your life when you get it.
Check out this website for signs and symptoms: www.cancer-dancer.org/ovarian-cancer-symptoms/
The tests you need to have done are on this website. Be a pushy, demanding patient, and get your answers. Don’t just settle for a urine analysis. Demand a pelvic exam, a genetic blood test, and an ultrasound of the pelvis. You have one life, don’t let some procedure left undone lead to the end of your life. It is important to have a pelvic exam each year and a pap smear.
I think know days you have to be the pushy patient. There are too many patients dying of gynecological cancer. I am hoping if I write about it often enough someone will listen. I remember telling a financial worker when I asked,” Do you know of any other breast cancer patients who need financial help?” She said, “I don’t know who is a breast cancer patient and who isn’t.” Has the medical system gotten that big that everyone is a file number?
If you are A. Jewish you may want to consider genetic testing. You are more prone to breast and ovarian cancer.
MD Anderson lists the following symptoms for ovarian cancer:
General Abdominal Dicomfort
Bloating and Gas
Weight loss or gain
Pain during sex