In 2016, September was declared Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month to draw attention to this terrible disease and to help increase funding for ovarian cancer research. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ovarian cancer causes more deaths per year than any other gynecological cancer with over 13,000 women dying from ovarian cancer in 2015 alone.
What is Ovarian Cancer?
Ovarian cancer occurs when abnormal cells begin to multiply and grow with an ovary forming a tumor. When ovarian cancer is found in the early stages, there are effective treatments available. Ovarian cancer can result in symptoms such as vaginal bleeding, pelvic pain, back pain, bloating and difficulty eating. These symptoms may not be caused by cancer, but it is important to consult with a doctor to rule cancer out.
There is no way to know for sure whether you will develop ovarian cancer, but there are some risk factors such as:
- Having a close family member with ovarian cancer
- Having a specific genetic mutation
- Use of an intrauterine device (IUD)
- Estrogen hormone replacement therapy
- Long-term use of talcum powder on the genital area
Talcum Powder Use and Ovarian Cancer Risk
In some studies, the use of talcum powder has been associated with an increased risk for ovarian cancer. Many women used products produced by manufacturers who did not add warnings to their product labels that would advise consumers of the potential health risks. Companies that fail to warn women of the potential safety risks associated with the use of their products should be held accountable.
Ovarian Cancer Misdiagnosis
The earlier ovarian cancer is diagnosed, the better the prognosis. It is essential that treatment begin as soon as possible so that cancer does not spread to other parts of the body. If a patient approaches a doctor with concerning symptoms, it is the doctor’s duty to order the appropriate testing to determine whether the patient has ovarian cancer. If a doctor misses an ovarian cancer diagnosis or if a diagnosis is delayed, the consequences can be deadly. Misdiagnosed cancer can be medical negligence if the health professional deviates from the appropriate standard of care.
Ovarian Cancer Support
If you or a loved one suffers from ovarian cancer, there are resources out there to provide support and information. For resources and additional information about ovarian cancer check out:
- The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
- The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
- The American Cancer Society
Contact an Experienced Attorney
If you’ve been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and want to explore your legal options, you should contact an experienced attorney. At Bonina & Bonina, P.C., we have over 50 years of experience helping injured New Yorkers. Contact us online or call us at 1-888-MEDLAW1 to schedule your free consultation. Home and hospital visits are available. Se habla español.