Even though September is the 'official' month for
ovarian cancer awareness, women of all ages need to be
known about the disease. That's right... women of all ages.
Why would ovarian cancer awareness matter for women who are
not at the age for which there is a greater risk for
getting the disease? Well, first of all there are
pre-menopausal women who get ovarian cancer, though such a
situation is not as common. Secondly, with proper ovarian
cancer awareness, a young woman can make lifestyle choices
that may help decrease her chances of getting the disease
later on in the future.
So, what are some issues that should be of concern when
it comes to ovarian cancer awareness? Well, the first
element to proper ovarian cancer awareness involves the
preventative measures a woman can take to reduce the her
risk of developing the condition. These preventative
measures include: having babies in one's 20s,
breastfeeding, taking birth control pills, avoiding talcum
powder both on oneself and when changing a baby's diaper
and eating a healthy diet with a limited number of
saturated fats and dairy products. Women who are at greater
risk can also consider getting their ovaries removed or
getting a hysterectomy when they get elderly.
The next are of concern when it comes to ovarian cancer
awareness involves educating women of the symptoms
associated with the condition. These symptoms involve
urinary incontinence and abdominal pain in the disease's
very early stages. As it progresses these symptoms will
become worse and may be accompanied by other symptoms such
as increased abdominal girth, digestive problems,
post-menopausal bleeding and painful sex. By knowing these
symptoms, (which tend to be mistaken for other less serious
conditions), women can at least consider the possibility
that they may be suffering from ovarian cancer.
The final element of ovarian cancer awareness should
involve giving a voice to the women that do have the
disease. Too often in ovarian cancer awareness campaigns so
much emphasis is placed on preventing the disease or even
diagnosing the disease that the women who actually have the
condition are forgotten. These women should be encouraged
to speak about their condition, so other women who have it
can develop strategies for which they can better deal with
living with such a deadly illness.
So, how can a woman increase ovarian cancer awareness?
She can make a donation to any ovarian cancer awareness
causes as well as participate in any fundraisers such
organizations might be having. A common fundraiser could be
a walkathon. Additionally, women who already have ovarian
cancer can increase awareness by writing about their
condition on message boards or on networks that accept
articles from individuals. She can also consider starting a
website or a blog about her condition, so the world can
know that even if you are unfortunate enough to get the
disease, it doesn't mean your life has to end. All in all
if ovarian cancer awareness is going to be successful, both
ovarian cancer sufferers and women who are not at risk need
to find ways to contribute to such causes.