Do you know that teal is the official colour for Ovarian Cancer?
Thanks to O, I attended the positively teal party @ Zouk and through this event, I learned about Ovarian Cancer. Before this event, I had no clue that Ovarian Cancer is the 5th most common cancer among women in Singapore.
What is Ovarian Cancer?
Ovarian cancer is a cancerous growth arising from the ovary. There are many types of ovarian cancer but the most common is called epithelial cell cancer, which arises from the liming of the ovary. Symptoms are frequently very subtle in the early stages and may include: bloating, pelvic pain, difficulty eating and frequent urination. These are easily confused with other illnesses.
In addition, 1 in every 80 women has the chance of getting Ovarian Cancer and there is no known causes at this point in time which means no tests to detect Ovarian Cancer. Based on previous cases, women aged in the twenties and above will all have equal chances of getting it. I'm starting to get worried :(
Although there are no tests to detect Ovarian Cancer, there are some signs & symptoms which you can take note of and seek help in ensuring an early treatment. Many of the cases, mentioned by the patients shown at the event, are detected late which means there is higher risks as it may be in the third or fourth stage of cancer. To them, it seem like regular illnesses as the symptoms are non-specific which caused the delay in checkup so it's better to be safe than sorry and keep a lookout for these symptoms (common complaints) :
- Bloated feeling in the abdomen
- Abdominal distension
- Abdominal discomfort
- Backache or ache in the legs
- Change of bowel habits
- Urinary complaints
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Loss of Weight
Ending off with some pictures - paradon the bad quality photos taken with my itouch :)