WCA Health Tip: September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month


According to the most recent estimates for ovarian cancer in the United States for 2012 from the American Cancer Society, ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer among women and it is expected that approximately 22,280 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer. About 15,500 women will die from ovarian cancer.

To help generate more understanding about ovarian cancer, WCA Hospital recognizes September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and would like to share some important information regarding ovarian cancer and risk factors.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer are often subtle and sometimes hard to diagnose. Some common symptoms associated with ovarian cancer:

* Discomfort, swelling or bloating in the lower abdomen

* Swelling in the legs

* Feeling full after a light meal or loss of appetite or weight loss

* Gas or indigestion that otherwise cannot be explained

* Nausea

* Frequent urination

* Constipation

Risk factors include: age, genetic predisposition, family or personal history and unwanted infertility.


“If symptoms are persistent and last more than two to three weeks, you should make an appointment to see your doctor,” says Theresa Pagliuca, MD, board-certified radiation oncologist on staff at the WCA Hospital Cancer Treatment Center. “Diagnosing ovarian cancer can be difficult because the symptoms are vague and seem unrelated to gynecological problems. Therefore, it is imperative that women learn more about ovarian cancer and associated symptoms to prevent the spread of the disease. When women are experiencing any of the common symptoms, one of the best ways to stay healthy and rule out ovarian cancer is to discuss the symptoms with their doctor.”

For more information on ovarian cancer, visit The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance at www.ovariancancer.org. For more information on the WCA Hospital cancer care program, nationally recognized for its care and services by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, visit www.wcahospital.org.