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The Affordable Care Act and Women

The Affordable Care Act is working in terms of affordability, access, and quality for women. This includes women who were previously uninsured and those who had insurance that didn’t provide them with adequate coverage and financial security. Middle-class women have more security, and many of those who already had insurance now have better coverage.read more

The Cancer Insurance Checklist

This checklist is designed to help you compare insurance plans and consider your cancer care needs when shopping for insurance in your state’s health insurance marketplace/exchange. Use the cancer insurance checklist if you have cancer, a history of cancer or are at risk of cancer to help you evaluate insurance plans online, when discussing cancer insurance needs with your navigator or marketplace/exchange representative, doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider. read more

Counseling over the phone provides access to genetic testing for women in rural areas

Telephone counseling after genetic testing was found just as effective as in-person counseling in many respects, according to new study. Angelina Jolie’s decision to undergo a double mastectomy inspired many other women to seek genetic counseling. But for women in rural areas, undergoing genetic testing can impose its own set of barriers, such as multiple long trips for counseling, testing, and follow-up. New research by Anita Kinney, PhD, RN, now at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center in Albuquerque, offers some hope. read more

‘Disgustingly healthy’ West Caldwell woman battling ovarian cancer

WEST CALDWELL TWP. – Angela Dilger is one of many women who are diagnosed in a late stage of ovarian cancer because there is no accurate early detection testing and limited awareness of the symptoms, she explains. More than 60 percent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are already in Stage 3, as Dilger was, according to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. read more

New Stand Up To Cancer Ovarian Cancer Research Dream Team Announced

A groundbreaking collaboration among three national ovarian cancer organizations was announced during the Stand Up to Cancer telecast on Friday evening, September 5th. Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF), Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA), and National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) have teamed up with Stand Up To Cancer to fund a new Translational Research Ovarian Cancer Dream Team dedicated to piloting leading-edge ovarian cancer research that will help patients and save lives. read more

Prophylactic salpingectomy for ovarian cancer risk reduction

Removing the fallopian tubes at the time of pelvic surgeries as a potential means of reducing ovarian cancer risk appears to be a movement that’s picking up steam in clinical practice. read more

Ovarian cancer symptoms are vague and can mimic other illnesses or conditions. It is important to know these symptoms and pay attention to to your body. If any of them are new to you or persist for more than 2 weeks then you should have a discussion with your doctor and ask “could it be ovarian cancer”?

The most commonly reported symptoms are:
Bloating
Abdominal Pain and/or pelvic pain
Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
Urinary urgency or frequency

Other signs and symptoms include:
Continuing indigestion
Fatigue
Lower back pain
Pain with intercourse
Constipation
Menstrual Irregularities