Nine Girls Ask? Ovarian Cancer Fundraiser in La Jolla, CA // Symptoms and Signs.

For the second year in a row, on a rare triple-digit-hot So Cal day, in a nice air conditioned Marriott ballroom, I was the lucky guest of Herb Henderson. With over 530 tickets sold, it was a lovely event in La Jolla, California, September, 2012.

Herb is a true gentleman - just look at his 3-piece wool suit on this scorching hot day!

Through my friendship with Herb, I have learned much about OC that I had never known and am sad to share, think most other women, regardless of self-awareness or education, also don't know.

 Herb lost his beloved wife, Kitty, of 50 years, to ovarian cancer
Joan Wylie, the Founder of Nine Girls Ask? was misdiagnosed nine times by various physicians, prior to her accurate diagnosis of OC.
Symptoms are often similar to other diseases - which results in the advanced stage once finally accurately diagnosed. The prognosis is often very poor at that advanced stage of disease.
Here are symptoms:
abdominal pressure, bloating, consitpation or diarrhea, weight loss or gain, backaches, vaginal bleeding, indigestion, shortness of breath.

TAKE ACTION if any symptoms persist beyond two weeks. Demand a combination of a pelvic/rectal exam, CA 125 blood test, and a transvaginal sonogram. 

A pap smear is NOT a test for ovarian cancer.

As Joan Wylie says, "Be an active participant in your own health care."

Thank you, Herb. 
Your dedication to the cure of ovarian cancer will save lives.