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September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Christine Chuppa, MD Christine Chuppa, MD August 31, 2022 0 Comments General Health

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian cancer is rare but often goes undetected. Because there are currently no general screening tests available, it’s important to pay attention to your body and understand risk factors. According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), it is the number one cause of death from gynecologic cancer in the United States.

A few risk factors include family history, older than 55, infertility, endometriosis, and Lynch syndrome, but you should talk to your OB/GYN to learn more. Genetic testing can be done to determine if you are at higher risk for ovarian cancer. If you are at higher risk, your doctor can look for changes with a pelvic ultrasound or a CA 125 test. Some birth control pills may reduce your risk of ovarian cancer by preventing ovulation. Before starting birth control, be sure to discuss it with your doctor.

If you experience symptoms, such as bloating or pelvic pain, or notice changes, it’s important to discuss them with your doctor. The earlier that ovarian cancer is diagnosed, the more likely that it can be treated.

To learn more, visit https://www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/ovarian-cancer.