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To the Times of Ti: Im writing to share the vital information concerning women and ovarian cancer. Each year, approximately 20,000 American women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and about 15,000 women will die from this disease. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths among U.S. women, and it occurs in 1 out of every 69 women. Women of any age are at risk, but your risk increases as you grow older. Currently, there are no screening test for ovarian cancer. However, in its early stages, ovarian cancer has symptoms. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance suggest that you seek medical advice, if you are experiencing the following that are unusual for you and last for more than a few weeks: bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, and urinary problems such as urgency or frequency. Ask your gynecologist or doctor for a combination pelvic/rectal exam, a CA-125 blood test and a transvaginal ultrasound. An easy way to remember the symptoms is Be Proactive and Detect Upfront. here, B" stands for bloating, P for pelvic or abdominal pain, D for difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, and U for urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency). Take note and educate yourself, your family and friends on all types of cancer. Early diagnoses could mean the difference between life and death. Ursula Thompson Ticonderoga

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