Did you know September is ovarian cancer awareness month?
Pink ribbons are everywhere for October’s breast cancer awareness, so why isn’t ovarian cancer just as public? One reason is because, unfortunately, there are fewer survivors. Most ovarian cancer isn’t caught until stage 3, and the five-year survival rate for a stage 3 diagnosis is 39%.
Ovarian cancer is a silent killer. Because the symptoms often mimic a stomach ache and are assumed to be temporary, most women don’t recognize them and go months without seeing a doctor. By the time they are eventually diagnosed (if they even get diagnosed) with the disease, it has often already spread to surrounding organs. I wrote an earlier post here on how ovarian cancer affected my mom and ultimately took her life too soon. Unfortunately, ovarian cancer awareness was minimal when my family needed it the most.