If you have ever had a painful ovarian cyst you may have thought of inventive ways to help end the pain. During my most recent bout of cyst pain I decided the best way to handle it would be with some sort of ovarian plucker. I imagined it would be like something you should easily pluck a large olive out of a jar with, even though I knew my cyst ridden ovary was far larger than an olive at this point.
I write about this topic, because of the recent proposed funding cuts for ovarian cancer research. But when it comes to nearly every other issue in the WORLD money is thrown around rather frivolously.
Sadly, women’s health is not particularly important to the government. And if you try to reason with them they talk about money with you. During a recent hearing on the President’ FY 2012 budget proposal, Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee pointed out that our country is borrowing 40 cents on every dollar we spend.
You mean to tell me there are not other ways to rein in federal spending, than to cut medical research funding for needs which require it greatly?
Did you know ovarian cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States, occurring in 1 out of 57 women and resulting in approximately 14,800 deaths annually. While this disease is treatable in its early stages, 75 percent of women with ovarian cancer are not diagnosed until they are in the fourth, and almost always fatal, stage of the disease. Women reaching this stage face a five-year survival rate of only 20 percent, whereas the survival rate of those receiving early detection stands at 95 percent.
Ovarian cancer patients usually don’t know they are sick until the disease has spread throughout the abdomen, resulting in pain from a bowel obstruction.
Although no screening test exists that can accurately detect ovarian cancer in its early states, researchers at the Food and Drug Administration and the National Cancer Institute have been making significant progress in finding such a test. With funding cut this will cease.
The brief, titled “The Health Care Access and Cost Consequences of Reducing Health Center Funding,” estimates that the $1.3 billion reduction in FY 2011 health center funding approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on February 20, 2011 would translate into a loss of approximately $15 billion in cost savings.
The main symptoms of ovarian cancer are:
- persistent bloating or swelling of the abdomen;
- persistent tummy pain;
- persistently feeling full or having difficulty eating
These are common symptoms that most women feel, but if you have the symptoms on most days, you should get checked out by your doctor.