I Had No Idea Breast Cancer Had A “Sister Cancer” — Or That This Silent Killer Is Hard To Catch Early

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Are you “Ovarian Self-Aware?” If you’ve had breast cancer, you should be.

Ovarian cancer and breast cancer are “sister cancers.” This means the two cancers are linked, and because of that, learning about your risk is crucial. About 1 in 67 women will develop ovarian cancer in her lifetime.

The symptoms linked to ovarian cancer are common enough that they’re often attributed to other diseases or cancers as well. This can make a diagnosis difficult at the earliest stages, as it’s not until the cancer has spread that symptoms tend to become more severe. A good rule of thumb is when a woman has these symptoms more than 12 times a month, she should see her doctor.

According to the American Cancer Society, the most common symptoms are bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, trouble eating or feeling full, and a frequent or urgent need to pee. Others symptoms of ovarian cancer can include fatigue, upset stomach, back pain, pain during sex, constipation, menstrual changes, and abdominal swelling along with weight loss.

In this video, Lindsay Avner, CEO and founder of the nonprofit organization Bright Pink, talks you through the basics of ovarian cancer and explains the risks for this often deadly disease.

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