Ovarian Cancer Awareness: Help Me Support the Cause

Ovarian Cancer Awareness: Help Me Support the Cause

LPGA Golfer Danah Bordner and Loving Moments SpokesMom!

Ovarian cancer awareness is an issue very close to my heart.  Having lost my best friend to ovarian cancer, I am a supporter and champion of National Ovarian Cancer Month awareness every September.  For me and thousands of other supporters, September is a time to educate people on the signs and symptoms of this terrible disease.

Believe it or not, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death among women. Still, many women do not know the risk factors and warning signs of the disease.  Because of the lack of awareness, only 20% of cases are caught in the early and most treatable stages.  This is why all of us must all join together to spread knowledge and awareness.

Here are some basic facts we should all know:

Be aware of the symptoms so you can detect them in early in yourself and others.  The most common symptoms of ovarian cancer include abdominal pressure or swelling; pelvic pain; prolonged indigestion; changes in bowel and bladder habits; lower back pain; loss of appetite; and lack of energy.

Understand the risk factors so you can be more vigilant.  Ovarian cancer is more common in older women and usually develops after menopause.  Women who are obese, consume higher fat diets, drink excessive alcohol and smoke are more likely to develop the disease.  A family or personal history of ovarian cancer, breast cancer or colorectal cancer increase a woman’s risk as well.  Additionally, women who have received hormone therapy may have an increased risk of ovarian cancer.

Fortunately, there are some factors that decrease a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer.  Child birth and breastfeeding (yay!) lower risk of ovarian cancer, as does having used birth control at any point in your life.  Like many cancers and other diseases, eating a healthy, well-balanced diet and maintaining overall wellness can also reduce the risk of ovarian cancer.

There are many ways to get involved in raising awareness on a national and community level through the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC).  I am personally supporting the cause during our fifth and final major tournament on the LPGA Tour, which starts September 12th in Evian, France.  I am pledging money to NOCC for every birdie I make!

Who wants to join me?  You can follow my progress towards raising funds for ovarian cancer awareness on LPGA.com.  Let’s make a difference together!

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

Danah Bordner
New Mom, LPGA Professional Golfer and Loving Moments Spokesmom

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