September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian cancer happens when normal cells in the ovary change and grow out of control. One in 72 women will experience this cancer in her lifetime.
Abrea Roark, M.D., an OB-GYN for Sanford Women’s, is one of the guests on this edition of “A Better You.” The Parkston, South Dakota, native warns that while fewer women will experience ovarian cancer compared to breast cancer, the warning signs are far more vague than other gynecologic cancers.
“With the other female cancers, breast cancer included, we usually get some early warning signs,” said Roark. “What I usually tell patients is, unfortunately we don’t have a good screening tool for ovarian cancer, the best recommendation is a high level of suspicion by both the physician and the patient.”
The symptoms of ovarian cancer include bloating, pelvic and abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly and urinary urgency or frequency.
Learn more though this podcast edition of “A Better You,” which airs Saturdays on KSOO-AM, Sioux Falls.