September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, one of the most deadly of women’s cancers. There is no adequate screening of ovarian cancer. Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services encourages women get their routine check-ups, as symptom awareness may be lifesaving!

Ovarian cancer is not a Silent Killer Studies have shown that ovarian cancer is not silent. Rather, the warning signs are subtle. Four symptoms have been proven to occur more often in females with ovarian cancer as compared to those in the general public. If any of these symptoms are new and unusual and occur at least 12 times in one month, then women should see their medical provider: • Bloating • Pelvic and abdominal pain • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly • Urinary issues including changes in frequency or urgency

Factors That May Decrease and Increase the Risk of Ovarian Cancer Factors which may decrease the risk of ovarian cancer include: oral contraceptive use, removal of fallopian tubes and/or ovaries, and breastfeeding.

Factors that may increase the risk of ovarian cancer: • Personal or family history of ovarian, breast, uterine, or colorectal cancer. Approximately 20% of ovarian cancer is hereditary. Any female who has been diagnosed with a form of ovarian cancer should be referred to a genetic counselor. • Increased number of menstrual cycles in a lifetime (never had children, late menopause, etc.) • Infertility, regardless of whether fertility drugs were used • Use of Hormone Replacement Therapy • Increasing age • Obesity

Why Symptom Awareness is Key Due to the lack of an early detection test, only 15-20% of ovarian cancer is detected early. In 2019 in the United States, it is estimated there will be 22,240 new cases of ovarian cancer and 14,070 women will die from the disease.

Until There’s a Test, Awareness is Best Early detection of cancer is vital. Since there is no screening test for ovarian cancer, symptom awareness is key. It is important to know your body and know the symptoms. Take time this month to schedule an appointment with one of our providers to discuss your risks and symptoms by calling (605) 326-5201.

Contact Numbers


p. 605.326.5161

Senior Care

p. 605.326.5190

Centerville Medical Clinic

p. 605.563.2411
f. 605.563.2060

Parker Medical Clinic

p. 605.297.3888
f. 605.297.3974

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