Union County, NJ – September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and the Union County Board of Chosen Commissioners is helping to raise awareness about the importance of early detection for women who may be at risk. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 21,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year alone.
Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death in women in the United States. Early detection greatly increases the survival rate, but the symptoms can be subtle.
“Learning the symptoms and seeing a doctor regularly are key steps for early detection that can save lives,” said County Commission Chairman Alexander Mirabella.
Women who have a family history of the disease, a personal history of cancer, are older than 55, have never been pregnant, or have taken menopausal hormonal replacement therapy are at a heightened risk of ovarian cancer.
Symptoms can include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, fatigue, an upset stomach, heartburn, and weight loss. Women with these symptoms should see their medical provider as soon as possible.
More details are available through the Union County Office on Women at ucnj.org/women.
For more information on programs and services of the Union County Office on Women contact the Office Coordinator, Jen Erdos, at (908) 527-4216 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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