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Know the Signs and Risks of Ovarian Cancer

Farmington Hills, Mich. (September 8, 2009)---September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and according to the Michigan Department of Community Health ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system, yet it accounts for only three percent of all cancers in women. 
 
The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and subtle, which make it more difficult to diagnose. Dr. Monique Gillman, an Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Botsford Hospital, says, “It is important to be educated about the disease and its symptoms especially if you are at high risk for developing ovarian cancer. Listen to your body and don’t ignore the symptoms.” 
 
Signs and Symptoms 
· Vague but consistent gastrointestinal problems such as gas,  
· nausea and indigestion  
· Changes or discomfort, such as a pressure or fullness in the pelvis  
· Unexplained changes in bladder or bowel habits  
· Frequency and/or urgency of urination  
· Shortness of breath  
· Unexplained weight changes  
· Fatigue  
· Abdominal bleeding  
 
Risks 
· Age (especially around menopause)  
· Family history of ovarian, breast, endometrial or colon cancer  
· Infertility and not bearing children 
· Have an Eastern European (Ashkenazi) Jewish background 
 
Prevention and Risk Reduction 
· Use of birth control pills for more than five years  
· Breastfeeding  
· Hysterectomy/Tubal Ligation 
 
If you would like to speak with a Botsford doctor about your risks for ovarian cancer, please contact Botsford’s HealthMatch at (877) 477-DOC1.

Beaumont Health is a not-for-profit organization formed by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare to provide high-quality, efficient, accessible services in a caring environment for southeastern Michigan residents and beyond. As one of Beaumont Health's eight hospitals, Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330-bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center, a comprehensive care cancer center and an extensive medical education program---part of Michigan State University's Statewide Campus System. Annually, Botsford cares for about 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of approximately 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and 600 physicians.

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