Spreading Awareness with a Powerful Online Presence
The number one way Ovations can promote ovarian cancer awareness is through its online presence—through this website. Why? Because the Internet makes it easy to not only touch local and national audiences but to also reach people from all over the world—people looking to learn more about ovarian cancer, the research we're funding and the programs we're supporting. Since the launch of ovationsforthecure.org in 2006, the site has had over 2.7 million visitors from countries worldwide, including the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand.
Know the Symptoms
being proactive can make the difference
The sooner ovarian cancer is detected, the better the chances of overcoming it. If you experience any of these warning signs, talk to your doctor:
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
- Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
- Urinary urgency or frequency
While these symptoms also represent common problems that affect most women at different times, it's important to be aware of them. If you have one or more of these symptoms, and if they persist for two weeks or more, see your doctor immediately.
If any female members of your family—either on your mother’s or your father’s side—has had ovarian cancer, it is important you notify your primary care physician and your obstetrician/gynecologist. They can monitor you on a regular basis using a variety of diagnostic tests that are available to screen for ovarian cancer. It is also important to notify your doctor if any male family members develop cancer.
Ask your doctor for the BRCA1/BRCA2 genetic test. Genetic testing can determine if you carry gene mutations that put you at risk for having ovarian cancer. Carriers of the BRCA1/BRCA2 gene mutation carry a 60% lifetime increased risk of ovarian cancer. Testing for this gene consists of a simple blood test.