September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and it is a time to spread awareness of this horrible disease that takes the lives of thousands of women every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ovarian cancer is the fourth most deadly cancer for women. Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other gynecological cancer and results in approximately 13,000 deaths per year.
Ovarian Cancer Symptoms
Ovarian cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the ovary multiply at an uncontrollable rate and form a tumor. Ovarian cancer can go undetected until it spreads through the pelvis and abdomen. Common symptoms of ovarian cancer include:
- Vaginal bleeding or abnormal discharge
- Pain or pressure in the pelvic area
- Abdominal or back pain
- Difficulty eating
- A change in bathroom habits
Ovarian Cancer Risk Factors
While there is no way to know for sure whether you are at risk for ovarian cancer, there are some risk factors that should be considered by medical professionals, including:
- Women who are middle-aged or older
- Having a close family member who had ovarian cancer
- Having a genetic mutation called BRCA1 or BRCA2
- Having breast, uterine, or colorectal cancer
- Being of Eastern European descent
- Having endometriosis
- Having never given birth or had trouble getting pregnant
- Taking estrogen hormone therapy
- Long term use of talcum powder
Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer Risk
Studies have shown a link between the long-term use of talcum powder and the development of ovarian cancer. Small particles of talc can become trapped inside the body and lead to inflammation and the development of cancer cells. Manufacturers of talcum powder had a duty to warn consumers of this risk of using the powder, and many failed to do so. These manufacturers should be held accountable.
Ovarian Cancer Misdiagnosis
Early detection is key to the proper treatment of ovarian cancer and a better prognosis for patients. If a doctor is faced with a patient who has concerning symptoms and has risk factors for developing ovarian cancer, it is the responsibility of the doctor to order the correct diagnostic tests to determine if cancer is present. If ovarian cancer is not detected early, it can spread to other organs in the body and lead to serious illness or death. Doctors are expected to follow the standard of care and provide patients with a thorough diagnosis.
Contact a Trusted New York Attorney
If you’ve been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and wish to explore your legal options, you should consult with an experienced and trusted personal injury attorney. At Bonina & Bonina, P.C., we have over 50 years of experience helping injured New Yorkers. Contact us online or call us at 1-888-MEDLAW1 to schedule your free consultation. Home and hospital visits are available. Se habla español.