Monday, November 06, 2006

Ovarian Cancer

Consider this today's big Public Service Announcement...

A regular pelvic exam does not detect ovarian cancer. You need to make sure that you get a recto-vaginal exam. You know the part of the exam where she (or I suppose he) puts two gloved fingers in your vagina and presses on your abdomen to locate your organs? Well, they also need to do that same thing with fingers in your rectum. It's not pleasant, but it's the only reliable, inexpensive way to tell. So, make sure you get the full exam. Ovarian Cancer is one of those things that is rarely detected early and as we all known, early detection would mean better treatments. The blood tests and things for ovarian cancer are not routinely offered to healthy woomen with no risk factors. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are vague and often overlooked initially...things like achy abdomen and a bloated feeling.

Here is a link to a much-better Public Service Announcement that mine. This blogger fought ovarian cancer herself. Unfortunately, this past summer, she lost the battle and is gone now, but her PSA lives on:

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