October may be Breast Cancer Awareness month, but there is another form of cancer which some say needs more attention, more funding and more research.
Some of the women who have survived ovarian cancer say there is a dangerous misconception that regular checkups include a screening for that type of cancer.
Detection is considered critical to survival, but the National Cancer Institute estimated better than 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012, and well over 15,000 women were expected to die of the disease. (For comparison, the NCI estimates that 226,870 women would be diagnosed with breast cancer, and 39,510 women would die of that disease this year.)
Health professionals recommend you look for problems like bloating, abdominal pains and urinary symptoms. Such symptoms which persist for a couple of weeks probably indicate you should get to get to a doctor.