On the occasion of the International Day for Fighting Ovarian Cancer, the Federation of Cancer Patients Associations in Romania (FABC) in partnership with the Oncological Institute "Prof. Dr. Ion Chiricuţă "launches the campaign" Hope of Life ".
This campaign proposes a new approach to discussing ovarian cancer, ie removing the fear of going to specialized control. Ovarian cancer detected on time may have a survival rate of up to 93%.
"In Romania, one of the main problems that lead to late detection of ovarian cancer is the fear of diagnosis. Most women avoid going to a doctor when the first symptoms appear due to the fear of an oncological diagnosis. That is why we aim to help Romanians understand that, on time, ovarian cancer can be controlled. We want to give women hope for life, "says Cezar Irimia, President of FABC.
FABC aims to help women go to a doctor without the fear of diagnosis
The International Ovarian Cancer Coalition (WHO) has found that efforts by member organizations (including FABC) to raise awareness of ovarian cancer symptoms have begun to work, with more women finding out illness before it gets worse. The # HopeWealth Campaign wants to persuade women to go to a doctor when they notice changes – digestion changes, abnormal bleeding, unusual weight fluctuations, etc. – to see what is causing them.
Possible signs of ovarian cancer
Prof. Patriciu Achimaş-Cadariu, a primary obstetrician-gynecologist, warns that there are no symptoms specific to ovarian cancer, but signs that may be of several gynecological diseases. When these occur, a visit to the gynecologist is recommended:
- Persistent bloating: increasing the size of the abdomen, which does not retreat within a few days;
- Dieting issues – the feeling of saturation after a small amount of food;
- Pain – in the pelvic or abdominal areas;
- Urinary symptoms – urgency or frequency of urination;
- Abnormal bleeding
- Extreme fatigue;
- Decrease or unexplained weight gain;
- Intermenstrual bleeding or after menopause
Regular visits to the gynecologist provide early detection of diseases
"Although there are no symptoms specific to ovarian cancer, the detection of serious gynecological diseases, including ovarian cancer, in early stages is possible for all women in Romania. It is necessary for women to do only two things: to go to a regular doctor for routine tests or whenever they notice that unusual changes occur – intermenstrual bleeding, weight fluctuations without significant change in diet, persistent bloating or pain in the area pelvic or abdominal, "says Professor Patriciu Achimaş-Cadariu.
Free workshops for IOCN ovarian cancer patients
FABC, together with the Oncological Institute "Prof. Dr. Ion Chiricuţă ", I intend to give them pleasure to the already diagnosed patients. Thus, on May 8, patients diagnosed with ovarian cancer benefited from free workshops of ceramic painting, decoupage and professional makeup.
"The IOCN mission is to support patients through comprehensive programs that integrate both patient care at standards of excellence as well as prevention, research and continuing education of professionals and the general public. That is why we are glad that we are able to bring to the Institute projects that improve the results of cancerous diseases ", says Cătălin Vlad, manager of the Oncological Institute" Prof. Dr. Ion Chiricuţă ", Cluj Napoca.