September is Gynecological and Ovarian Health and Awareness Month

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Here at Nevada Surgery and Cancer Center, our goal is to not only provide excellent care to our patients, but also help them take charge in their own health. Being aware of your symptoms can minimize long term health effects, and could even help you save your own life. Ovarian cancer has been called the “silent killer” because the symptoms are subtle or can be misconstrued as other problems besides ovarian cancer. Some symptoms of ovarian cancer are:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
  • Urinary symptoms such as urgency (always feeling like you have to go) or frequency (having to go often)

These symptoms are also commonly caused by benign (non-cancerous) diseases and by cancers of other organs. When they are caused by ovarian cancer, they tend to be persistent and represent a change from normal − for example, they occur more often or are more severe. If a woman has these symptoms more than 12 times a month, she should see a gynecologist. Others symptoms of ovarian cancer can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Upset stomach
  • Back pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Constipation
  • Menstrual changes
  • Abdominal swelling with weight loss

While some of these pains may not be associated with cancer, women should seek to be aware of their bodies and its changes. If you or someone you know is dealing with these symptoms, consider making an appointment with a skilled and professional doctor that has been promoting women’s health in Las Vegas since 1998, Dr. Lynn Kowalski. To make an appointment, leave a message on the NVSCC contact page or call 702-739-6467.

Source: American Cancer Society

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