September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Did you know that September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month? Ovarian cancer is often called a silent cancer because the symptoms can be subtle.
Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer
- Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly after eating
- Abdominal pain
- Urinary frequency
Although many women would say they experience any one or all of these symptoms in any given month, it’s important to listen to your body and pay attention to changes in these areas. If these symptoms persist for more than 2 weeks and are new and usual for you, see your physician.
What Are The Risks Of Ovarian Cancer?
There are many factors that influence a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer. A family history of breast, ovarian or colon cancer can increase your risk as well as having a genetic mutation like the BRCA gene. If you are a post-menopausal woman, your risk also increases. As we age, the risk of ovarian cancer rises so it becomes even more important to pay attention to the subtle symptoms. Factors that DECREASE your risk of ovarian cancer are pregnancy, breastfeeding and the use of oral contraceptives.
What Is The Treatment Like For Ovarian Cancer?
The treatment for ovarian cancer varies. Most women will have surgery and then follow up with chemotherapy or radiation treatments – sometimes a combination of all three.
What Care Is Available After Treatment For Ovarian Cancer?
If you or someone you know has been through surgery or treatment for ovarian cancer, they would likely benefit from Visceral Mobilization or Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation from our Gender Health team here at Generation Care.
Visceral Mobilization is a specialized technique that corrects imbalances between muscles, respiratory, circulatory and other organs in the body. Organs, membranes, fascia, and ligaments often need fine-tuning and correction after injury, illness, or surgery – especially after an abdominal surgery for ovarian cancer. Abnormal tension patterns or scar tissue may result in pain and functional problems that progress over time, sometimes without us even being aware.
Generation Care physical therapist Katie Hanson, DPT, is experienced in implementing Visceral Mobilization techniques and is a Certified Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner (PRPC). This technique involves Katie using her hands to move and release fascial restrictions in your abdomen and pelvis area – think massage! This encourages the normal movement and function of your internal organs. Most people are familiar with the idea of joint and muscle restrictions causing tightness, pain and limited movement in their bodies, but don’t consider the role of their organs and what is happening internally! Patients who have been treated by visceral mobilization often tout this type of treatment as “life changing.”
If you would like to learn more about these specialized treatments from our Gender Health team, please call our Muskegon office, ask for Katie and schedule an evaluation today! (231) 737-4374