Important Information About Ovarian Cancer Screening and Early Detection
September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, which means that now is an important time for everyone to educate themselves about the risk factors, causes and treatments of this deadly disease.
According to the American Cancer Society, ovarian cancer accounts for just 3% of all female cancer diagnoses, yet is the deadliest form of female reproductive cancer. At Morelli Law Firm, our hope is that by increasing awareness and education about ovarian cancer, we can help prevent new cases from occurring in the future.
As with most forms of cancer, early detection is key to overcoming a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Unfortunately, ovarian cancer is unique in that its signs and symptoms are often not apparent until after it has metastasized and spread to the pelvis, abdomen, and other parts of the body. By the time cancerous tissues have reached these areas, the disease is far more difficult to treat and the patient’s chances of survival decrease.
It is important to take regular health exams and speak with your doctor about your risk factors for ovarian cancer. For women, pelvic exams can help your doctor identify any irregularities that require further testing. Additionally, the more your doctor knows about your family history with cancer as well as your personal grooming habits, diet, smoking or use of hormone therapy, the better. With more information, your doctor can more effectively help protect you from developing ovarian cancer, or catch the disease early in the case it does occur.
In addition, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently made an important announcement about the safety and efficacy of ovarian cancer screening tests. According to their September Safety Communication, the FDA has found that ovarian cancer screening tests are often inaccurate and unreliable.
Further, many of these screening tests may result in “false-negatives” in women that are at high risk for ovarian cancer, thereby discouraging them from seeking the immediate medical treatment they may require.
The FDA advises women not to rely on ovarian cancer screening tests, and instead to talk to their doctor about ways to reduce their risk of developing ovarian cancer. This is especially important for women with a family history of ovarian cancer.
It is estimated that 20,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year. Thousands of cases of ovarian cancer may be linked to regular use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene purposes. At Morelli Law Firm, we believe that it is important that all women are aware of the risks of regular talcum powder use, and are prepared to have an honest conversation with their doctor about their risk of developing ovarian cancer.
If you or a loved one regularly used talcum powder on your genital area and developed ovarian cancer, call the Morelli Law Firm right away at 800-701-8800. When you call, you will speak with one of the dedicated, compassionate Personal Injury attorneys at Morelli Law Firm absolutely FREE.
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