As many of the loyal readers probably know, I’m a sister of Sigma Alpha Omega Christian Sorority. One of the great things about this organization is that our national philanthropy is ovarian cancer awareness. This has made me want to learn more about it, and my passion for women’s health has grown a lot in the last few months.
In honor of World Ovarian Cancer Day, May 8th, I’m sharing some fast facts about ovarian cancer, as well as some symptoms and warning signs.
We spend a lot of time talking about other forms of cancer, such as breast cancer, which is great and it should be talked about, but we often forget about ovarian cancer which is also just as important.
Before joining Sigma Alpha Omega I knew nothing about ovarian cancer, and I realize that many others are in the exact same boat as I way. It’s time to shed some light on the topic and make sure people were educated.
Did you know?
- Each year in the United States more than 21,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
- Every year about 15,000 women die of ovarian cancer.
- Risk of developing invasive ovarian cancer is 1 in 71 in a woman’s lifetime.
- A woman’s risk of dying from invasive ovarian cancer is 1 in 95.
- Ovarian cancer primarily develops in women over 45.
- It’s the 9th most common cancer among women.
- Ovarian cancer is the 5th leading cause of cancer-related death among women.
- Every 23 minutes another woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the U.S.
- Causes of ovarian cancer are unknown.
- The Pap test does not test for ovarian cancer.
Common symptoms of ovarian cancer include:
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
- Urinary urgency or frequency
- Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
This is a topic newly close to my heart so I hope y’all as readers were able to learn something. Education and knowledge are valuable in the fight to end this disease. The more everyone knows about ovarian cancer the closer we can come to understanding its causes and curing cases of ovarian cancer. The more everyone knows about ovarian cancer the more lives will be saved and the earlier women will be diagnosed.
Ovarian cancer may be invisible in the media, but let’s not forget about it. We cannot forget about it. The color represents ovarian cancer awareness is teal, so go out and think teal!
**All facts and information in this post were taken from Sigma Alpha Omega Christian Sorority (https://www.sigmaalphaomega.org/ ) and Ovarian Cancer Research fund Alliance (https://ocrfa.org/ ). Please go to the Ovarian Cancer Research fund Alliance to learn even more information**
Faith is one of the social media editors and content writer for Tribe Twenty One. She’s a sophomore University of North Carolina at Charolette,majoring in Special Education and minoring in Sociology. She is a sister of Sigma Alpha Omega, and has a true passion for helping other girls in college and connecting on social media.