Oct. 6, 2008 | Complementary treatments and the latest research news were topics of discussion at this year’s “Shout About the Disease that Whispers” retreat for survivors of ovarian and other gynecological cancers.
The one-day event was held Sept. 27 at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).
The lunch presentation on “Journaling for Health” was presented by Paulette Mehta, M.D., professor in the UAMS Department of Hematology/Oncology.
Ovarian cancer ranks fifth as the cause of cancer death in women. According to the American Cancer Society, there were about 22,430 new cases of ovarian cancer in the United States in 2007.
If found in its earliest stage, ovarian cancer has a cure rate of 95 percent, but because its symptoms often mimic those of gastrointestinal disorders, they are often overlooked until the disease has significantly progressed.
Symptoms of ovarian cancer include persistent bloating, pelvic or stomach pain, feeling full quickly after eating, and frequent urination.