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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September is Ovarian cancer awareness month and teal is a big deal! Unfortunately this is something that has affected multiple women in my family both maternal and paternal sides. Most physicians say it’s uncommon for women under 35 to have ovarian cancer however when my cousin Tierre T. was the young age of 24 she found out that she had ovarian cancer and had to have one of her ovaries removed. She fought her battle with cancer so bravely and WON. Now through her I am more educated about it and will keep sharing for those who don’t know! Tierre has since form an non profit @tealisabigdeal to share her story of strength, support those effected by it, the survivors, and to spread awareness. To learn what signs to look out for read below…

Facts Per NOCC:

Ovarian cancer is difficult to detect, especially in the early stages. This is partly due to the fact that the ovaries - two small, almond-shaped organs on either side of the uterus - are deep within the abdominal cavity. The following are often identified by women as some of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer:

* Bloating

* Pelvic or abdominal pain

* Trouble eating or feeling full quickly

* Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often

Other symptoms of ovarian cancer can include:

* Fatigue

* Upset stomach or heartburn

* Back pain

* Pain during sex

* Constipation or menstrual changes

Persistence of Symptoms

When the symptoms are persistent, when they do not resolve with normal interventions (like diet change, exercise, laxatives, rest) it is imperative for a woman to see her doctor. Persistence of symptoms is key. Because these signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer have been described as vague or silent, only approximately 15 percent of ovarian cancer is diagnosed in the early stages. Symptoms typically occur in advanced stages when tumor growth creates pressure on the bladder and rectum, and fluid begins to form.

If you would like to help me hit my goal in raising money for NOCC National Ovarian Cancer Coalition as a part of the Teal is a big deal team Donate Here

With love

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