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Staff at Columbia Asia Hospital, Ghaziabad, Wear Teal Ribbons to Spread Awareness during Ovarian Cancer Month

Ghaziabad: Ovarian cancer is the third leading cause of death among women in our country. To bring attention to this silent disease, which goes undiagnosed until the third or fourth stage, staff at Columbia Asia Hospital, Ghaziabad, have taken a step to raise awareness in the city. They will be distributing teal-colored ribbons throughout the month of September, which is observed as the ovarian cancer month.

Dr Vinieta Diwakar, consultant, department of Obstetrics& Gynecology, Columbia Asia Hospital, Ghaziabad, said, “Ovarian cancer is the least talked about cancer in women but it is a leading cause of cancer deaths. It usually affects women menopausal women, those who have a strong family history of gynecological cancers (including breast), and those who have not been able to carry several pregnancies to term. The problem is that it is not often talked about, and because it is women’s disease, it often goes neglected, especially since women tend to put the health of everyone else in the family first.”

Ovarian cancer is a gynecological cancer which results in the growth of abnormal malignant cells in the ovaries. Columbia Asia Hospital aims to generate awareness in a cumulative manner, so that messaging takes place through the month.

“It will also serve to educate people about ovarian cancer and its risks. Regrettably most women don't seek help until the disease has reached an advanced stage, as the symptoms of ovarian cancer are often faint and can be easily confused with other physical disorders. Symptoms include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty in eating or feeling full quickly, urinary urgency or frequency, nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation or diarrhea, extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, backaches, and sudden weight gain. As there are no satisfactory screening tests available to detect ovarian cancer at a primary stage, it is advisable to seek medical attention if these symptoms last for more than two weeks. Early detection can save a life. Beside this, women should also pay attention to their body’s especially after menopause and stay healthy,” added Dr Vinieta Diwakar.

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