Did you know that 1 in 72 women will develop ovarian cancer?
September marks Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the ovaries. Women have two ovaries, one on each side of the uterus. The ovaries — each about the size of an almond — produce eggs (ova) as well as the hormones estrogen and progesterone.
The American Cancer Society estimates that about 21,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year, and although it’s rare, it’s also the deadliest of all female reproductive cancers. Unlike breast, uterine, and cervical cancers which have screenings and can be detected early, only about 20 percent of ovarian cancer cases are diagnosed before they’re advanced. More times than not, there are no signs and symptoms in the early stages of ovarian cancer so it goes unnoticed until it has progressed.
As busy women wearing many hats throughout our day, we tend to be the last in line to take care of ourselves. It is crucial to have regular female exams with your physician/specialist, take the recommended exams and tests, listen to your body, and communicate with your doctor any differences you see or feel with yourself. Routine check-ups and gynecological exams are essential to your well-being. You are your best advocate!
With awareness there is hope. Join Educational Outfitters and Academic Outfitters, your school uniform and dress code provider, in raising awareness for ovarian cancer - spread the word and wear teal this month. #feeltheteal