September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
Kelly Ripa told Yahoo News that many women don't realize they have ovarian cancer. And that some doctors ignore the symptoms, especially in younger women.
Ovarian cancer is a silent killer with subtle symptoms, killing two out of three diagnosed women every year.
It is important that women take seriously the symptoms, which include abdominal pain, pelvic pain, PMS symptoms such as bloating, weight gain; gas and indigestion as well as feeling full.
Ripa, who does work with the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, suggests one good precaution is listening to your body. If something seems off, “insist on a sonogram,” she said.
In 2007, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month was recognized in 40 towns in New Jersey. Now more than 30 U.S. states recognize it.
If you’re interested in learning more about ovarian cancer, the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation is offering a free course at the NYU Medical Center on Nov. 1.
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