The Subtle Signs of Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer may be a disease that strikes more often in a woman’s 50s and 60s, but experts say it’s important to be aware of the symptoms in your 20s and 30s so you will be tipped off when something’s wrong. (GIF: Getty Images/Priscilla De Castro for Yahoo Health) 


In the 40 years since the “War on Cancer” began, the number of deaths from ovarian cancer has dropped very little. While five-year survival rates for breast cancer stand at almost 90 percent, the odds of surviving ovarian cancer five years after diagnosis are just half that, roughly 45 percent. We’re still lacking an early-detection test for the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers, which seems to progress rapidly and carry only vague symptoms.

However, many women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer are not blindsided by it. For months sometimes, they remember feeling “off.” But in the hustle and bustle of life, it’s easier to ignore symptoms that seem shadowy and evasive, until they become firm and concrete.

“I was probably sick for two years, but I brushed it off — and that’s what bothers me most,” says survivor Jenn Sommermann, now 50, who was diagnosed in 2007 at age 41. “They’ve long said ovarian cancer is the silent killer. Now, we’re saying it’s the cancer that whispers.”

Although the hallmark symptoms of the cancer can be vague, research has shown there are four key early symptoms of ovarian cancer: bloating, urinary changes, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, and pelvic or abdominal pain. While symptoms are not identical for each person because cancers grow differently in everyone, experts say, the biggest tip-off with these is that they don’t go away. Even though most women who develop the disease will be over age 50 (the average age of diagnosis is 61), it’s important to understand your own bodily norms even when you’re in your 20s and 30s — like the length and duration of symptoms, the way you bloat, when in your cycle you feel most tired — so you can know when something changes.

Here, women who have had ovarian cancer share what the signs felt like, before they ever knew they had it.


At first, Sommermann didn’t think much of her bloating — even though she’d gone through early menopause, the discomfort was still common. “Even afterward, you still cycle,” she explains. But one morning, Sommermann remembers noticing the look of her stomach while lying on her back in bed. “I told my husband, ‘My belly doesn’t even lay flat anymore. It’s still popped out,’” she says. “I just thought, This is not my body. That’s when I started pressing on my stomach and felt a mass.”

Fast-forward 72 hours, and Sommermann had been diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer and undergone a full hysterectomy. Although she assumed the eggplant-size tumor that doctors found was on the left side, where she’d initially felt something awry, the mass was actually on the right. “All the organs had been pushed to the left side to make room for the tumor,” she explains.

Mary Schwarzenberger, 62, felt bloating and other symptoms slowly take shape this past winter. She initially dismissed them. “I’m not the type to run to the doctor, because I’ve always been very healthy,” she says. “To me, it just felt like bloating — but I probably should have known. I was doing ab work and sit-ups at the time like a maniac, and it wasn’t going away. I just attributed it to getting older.”

Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly

At the same time, Schwarzenberger had little want for food — even though, all her life, she’d been a good eater. “Normally, I’d eat a ton,” she explains. “But over the course of the winter before I was diagnosed, I’d eat and get full really quickly. This was somewhat strange, because it was winter, where I tend to be less active and eat more comfort foods.”

During those few months, as Schwarzenberger was feeling full and losing her characteristic appetite, she also dropped 20 pounds with very little effort. “I should have known sooner, since I was taking the weight right off,” she explains.

Urinary frequency or urgency

On April 2, Schwarzenberger saw her general practitioner for urinary symptoms. Initially thinking frequency and urgency issues were a byproduct of the aging process, she eventually thought she might have a urinary-tract infection.

Upon examination, her GP felt an enlarged ovary. “He arranged to get me in at the hospital immediately to have an ultrasound,” Schwarzenberger says. That enlarged ovary was a sign of stage 1B ovarian cancer. On April 15, she had a hysterectomy at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.

Sommermann says she noticed something odd just days before her diagnosis: She started waking up in the middle of the night to urinate regularly, where she’d previously rarely felt the urge to go at all. “At the time, I’d thought maybe I was drinking too much before bed,” she says. “I’d been trying to hydrate more often, so I thought maybe I needed to stop drinking water around 7 p.m. instead of later on.” The reality: The growing tumor was pressing against her bladder.

Pelvic or abdominal pain

The tumor wasn’t only causing problems for Sommermann’s bladder, but also for her entire digestive system. She was experiencing upset stomach and indigestion late at night, which she couldn’t seem to shake. “I was on the little purple pill,” she says, referring to NEXIUM, used for acid reflux. But it wasn’t helping.

Schwarzenberger also says she was beginning to have digestive issues, as well, experiencing frequent stomachaches — another symptom of life in your 60s, she was still convinced.

Individually, each sign of ovarian cancer may not seem earth-shattering. But when added up, the subtleties spell trouble — and can take their toll. Sommermann says she felt intense fatigue before diagnosis, another symptom some women report experiencing, along with back pain, pain with sexual intercourse, constipation, and menstrual abnormalities. “I couldn’t sleep the tiredness away,” she says. “I’d sleep for 12 hours on the weekend, and wake up thinking, ‘I still need more rest.’”

Luckily, Sommermann took action the moment she felt that bulge in her stomach, even though she was rather young and otherwise healthy. She had recently taken up triathlons, which she credits with helping to save her life. “I had become really aware of my own body,” she explains. “That’s what drove me to press for a diagnosis.”

The telltale sign

For most, ovarian cancer is not silent. Above all else, perhaps the telltale sign of the disease is simply that gut feeling that something is wrong inside your body. “With all the symptoms happening in succession, deep down, I just knew,” Schwarzenberger says. “I attributed it to getting older at the time, but that little voice inside me always knew.”

You have to know your body’s norms. Sommermann says if your body begins to deviate from those baselines and doesn’t change back, you need to tell your doctor as soon as possible. “Every woman knows what’s normal for her own body,” she says. “For instance, you know how much your weight fluctuates in a month, how much you gain or lose with your cycle.” If it dips or soars two months in a row, she says, something may be up. Don’t wait until you’re sure there’s a major problem to ask for tests.”

Sommermann was treated by Stephanie Blank, MD, a gynecologic oncologist at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Perlmutter Cancer Center, while Schwarzenberger was treated by Stephen C. Rubin, MD, chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Both docs stress the need to stay on top of symptoms. “Ovarian cancer is a fast-growing disease,” Rubin tells Yahoo Health. “Someone who gets checked and appears to be normal four to six months earlier can come in again and have advanced-stage cancer.”

Here’s how to be vigilant, and what to do if diagnosed.

  • Ask for a transvaginal ultrasound. Getting a regular check from your gynecologist isn’t enough. “A Pap smear has nothing to do with ovarian cancer,” Blank tells Yahoo Health. “A Pap smear checks for cervical cancer.” While a doc might be able to feel a mass or enlargement on exam, a transvaginal ultrasound is your best bet — a test you can ask for if you suspect something is up. Depending on which doctor you’re seeing, Blank says a primary-care physician may be less familiar with this form of imaging.
  • Know your risk. If you have risk factors for ovarian cancer, like a family history or mutation of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, it’s wise to be even more aware of signs and symptoms. Although there are no formal recommendations about ovarian cancer screening, high-risk women can ask their doctors about a blood test that measures levels of CA-125, a protein secreted by ovarian cancer cells. Since this number is elevated in 80 percent of ovarian cancer cases, it might be a good idea to know your baseline at a young age.
  • Get a gynecologic oncologist. If you are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, find a specialist to handle your care if possible. Although some regions don’t have many, a gynecologic oncologist is your best bet. “Research does show survival rates increase when patients have a gynecologic oncologist,” Blank says. “It’s more comprehensive care, the doctor has years more training, and it really is a tight-knit, long-term relationship.”
  • Listen to your gut. Doctors and patients can’t stress this enough: Don’t bat away symptoms because you’re busy and they seem manageable. If a change in your body persists, or you develop a quirk that is unusual for your body, see a gynecologist right away. “You have to live,” Blank says. “You can’t run to the doctor every time you have a symptom like bloating, or you’d be there all the time — this is about a shift that lasts over time. If a woman is telling her concerns to a doctor and not getting the response she wants, she should talk to another doctor. You have to be your own advocate.”

(Breaking News) Daughter of Famous Singer Whitney Houston Bobbi Kristina Brown Dies At 22

Born and raised in the shadow of fame and litigation, shattered by the loss of her mother, Whitney Houston, Bobbi Kristina was overwhelmed by the achievements and demons of others before she could begin to figure out who she was.

Her demise was the most awful inheritance of all.

Bobbi Kristina died on Sunday at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Georgia, about six months after she was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in the suburban Atlanta townhome she shared with Nick Gordon, the man she called her husband. She was 22-years-old.

“Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away July, 26 2015, surrounded by her family. She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months,” Kristen Foster, a representative for the Houston family said Sunday.

Police said she was found Jan. 31 in the suburban Atlanta townhome she shared with Gordon. A police report described it as a “drowning.”

Bobbi Kristina was the only child between Houston and Brown.

She was hospitalized for months in Atlanta — eventually being placed in hospice care — after being found in a manner grimly similar to the way her megastar mother died three years earlier. The police report called it a “drowning,” and Gordon said at the time it seemed she wasn’t breathing and lacked a pulse before help arrived.

Brown — the sole heir of her mother’s estate — did have dreams.

She identified herself on Twitter as “Daughter of Queen WH,” ”Entertainer/Actress” with William Morris & Co., and “LAST of a dying breed.” She told Oprah shortly after her mother’s death in 2012 that she wanted to carry on her mother’s legacy by singing, acting and dancing. But her career never took off. Actor and producer Tyler Perry said she had a future as an actress after her debut on his TV show “For Better or Worse” in 2012, but she only appeared in one episode. Aside from two ill-fated reality TV shows and the occasional paparazzi video, her image mostly showed up in the “selfies” she posted online.

She attended award shows and appeared on red carpets with her mother and father. She performed a duet on TV with her mother in 2009, singing “My Love Is Your Love” in New York’s Central Park. She became social media sensation, sending more than 11,000 tweets and attracting 164,000 followers.

As the news of her death spread across social media, several celebrities tweeted their condolences.

Grammy-winning performer Missy Elliot tweeted, “My heart is truly heavy. May u rest in peace with your mommy #BobbiKristina sending prayers 2 the Brown/Houston family.”

“Empire” star Taraji P. Henson tweeted, “Rest in heaven.”

“RIP #BobbiKristina My deepest sympathies 2 your father #BobbyBrown n your GrandMa #CissyHouston We will miss ya 4sho darling 😉 Actress Vivica A. Fox said on Twitter.

And Oprah Winfrey tweeted, “Peace at Last!”

Whitney Houston, known as “America’s Sweetheart,” was an impossible act to follow.

The late singer sold more than 50 million records in the United States alone during her career. Her voice, an ideal blend of power, grace and beauty, made classics out of songs like “Saving All My Love For You,” ”I Will Always Love You” and “The Greatest Love of All.” She earned six Grammys and starred in the films “The Bodyguard” and “The Preacher’s Wife.”

Bobby Brown had a bad-boy image but also became a huge star, selling platinum records with New Edition and going solo before drugs and legal woes derailed his career.

Bobbi Kristina appeared alongside both parents in 2005 on the Bravo reality show “Being Bobby Brown,” which captured her parents fighting, swearing and appearing in court. The Hollywood Reporter said it revealed that Brown was “even more vulgar than the tabloids suggest,” and managed “to rob Houston of any last shreds of dignity.”

Years earlier, as Houston was preparing to give birth to Bobbi Kristina, she expressly left Bobby Brown out of her will, putting everything in a trust “for the benefit of her children and more remote descendants,” according to the Houstons’ 2012 petition.

After their divorce in 2007, Houston kept custody of Bobbi Kristina and raised her alongside Gordon, an orphan three years older than her daughter. Houston brought Gordon into her family, and while she never formally adopted him or included him in the will, both teenagers called her “mom.”

The threesome’s tight bond was shattered when Houston’s assistant found the singer’s lifeless body face-down in a foot of water in her bathtub at the Beverly Hills Hotel just before the Grammy Awards in 2012. Authorities found prescription drugs in the suite, and evidence of heart disease and cocaine in her body, but determined that it was an accidental drowning.

Bobbi Kristina, then 18, was at the hotel and became so hysterical she had to be hospitalized. “She wasn’t only a mother, she was a best friend,” she told Winfrey.

She and Gordon then went public with their romance, posting defiant messages online after the tabloids accused them of incest.

The Houstons tolerated their relationship, appearing with them on television that year in Lifetime’s reality show “The Houstons: On Our Own.”

But in one telling episode, the late singer’s relatives lectured the pair about drinking after they show up in an obviously altered state, and accuse Gordon of failing to take care of the grieving girl.

Relations between Gordon and some other relatives continued to sour over the past year after Bobbi Kristina was hospitalized. A protective order barred him from being within 200 feet of Pat Houston, Bobbi Kristina’s aunt. A feud erupted over whether Gordon could visit Bobbi Kristina while she stayed in the hospital.

On June 24, Bobbi Kristina’s court-appointed representative sued Gordon, accusing him of misrepresenting his relationship with Bobbi Kristina. The complaint accused him of being violent toward her and taking more than $11,000 from her account while she was in a medically induced coma after the Jan. 31 tragedy.

The lawsuit accused Gordon of assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, unjust enrichment and conversion.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said he and his office are interested in reviewing the investigative file to determine whether any charges will be filed.

Also on June 24, Pat Houston said Bobbi Kristina had been placed in hospice care.

Bobbi Kristina was fabulously wealthy for a teenager, but her money was in a spendthrift trust, designed to keep creditors and predators from taking advantage of people who can’t manage their money. Bobbi Kristina’s grandmother, Cissy Houston, and aunt, Pat Houston, eventually took over control of the trust and then took Bobbi Kristina to court to protect the estate.

The Houstons called Bobbi Kristina “a highly visible target for those who would exercise undue influence over her inheritance and/or seek to benefit from (her) resources and celebrity,” and urged a judge to delay how quickly she could control the money.

Bobbi Kristina agreed to the delay, and the judge granted their request to seal the case.

The size of Houston’s estate is a privately held secret.

In May, a judge appointed Bobby Brown and Pat Houston as co-guardians of Bobbi Kristina, giving them joint responsibility in decisions related to her care and medical needs. Lawyer Bedelia Hargrove was appointed conservator to oversee Bobbi Kristina’s assets, including her rights and legal claims.

Houston signed a $100 million record deal in 2001, but failed to deliver, and lost two homes to foreclosure toward the end of her life. But her early death revived a hunger for her music, and her name and likeness generated revenue that became part of Bobbi Kristina’s inheritance.

By January 2014, the young couple who grew up as brother and sister were sharing a townhome in Roswell, Georgia, and calling themselves husband and wife.

They posted images of their hands wearing wedding rings, with the caption “#HappilyMarried. So #InLove. If you didn’t get it the first time that is.” They got identical “WH” tattoos with flying doves on their wrists, and Gordon added a large portrait of Houston’s face on his arm.

Their marriage announcement troubled Pat Houston, who obtained a restraining order against Gordon two months later.

“Damn, lol, it’s incredible how the world will judge you 4ANY&EVERYthing,” Bobbi Kristina tweeted at the time.

By last September, Pat Houston said she was “very proud of Krissy.”

“Young people today are up against so much with social media and everything else that presents itself to them,” Pat Houston told The Associated Press. “We try to be there for her, just to try to guide and direct her.”

Judging from her postings online, Bobbi Kristina was focused on the approaching anniversary of her mother’s death. In one of her last tweets, she said, “Littlelady&yourgrowing young man @nickdgordon miss you mommy ..:’) SOmuch.. loving you more every sec. #Anniversary!”

Did you know the Sour Sop fruit is a natural cancer killer

The Sour Sop or the fruit is “10000 times stronger killer of CANCER than Chemo”

The Sour Sop or the fruit from the graviola tree is a miraculous natural cancer cell killer 10,000 times stronger than Chemo.

Why are we not aware of this? Its because some big corporation want to make back their money spent on years of research by trying to make a synthetic version of it for sale.

So, since you know it now you can help a friend in need by letting him know or just drink some sour sop juice yourself as prevention from time to time. The taste is not bad after all. It’s completely natural and definitely has no side effects. If you have the space, plant one in your garden.
The other parts of the tree are also useful.

The next time you have a fruit juice, ask for a sour sop.

How many people died in vain while this billion-dollar drug maker concealed the secret of the miraculous Graviola tree?

This tree is low and is called graviola ! in Brazi l, guanabana in Spanish and has the uninspiring name “sour-sop” in English. The fruit is very large and the subacid sweet white pulp is eaten out of hand or, more commonly, used to make fruit drinks, sherbets and such.

The principal interest in this plant is because of its strong anti-cancer effects. Although it is effective for a number of medical conditions, it is its anti tumor effect that is of most interest. This plant is a proven cancer remedy for cancers of all types.

Besides being a cancer remedy, graviola is a broad spectrum antimicrobial agent for both bacterial and fungal infections, is effective against internal parasites and worms, lowers high blood pressure and is used for depression, stress and nervous disorders.

If there ever was a single example that makes it dramatically clear why the existence of Health Sciences Institute is so vital to Americans like you, it’s the incredible story behind the Graviola tree..

The truth is stunningly simple: Deep within the Amazon Rain forest grows a tree that could literally revolutionize what you, your doctor, and the rest of the world thinks about cancer treatment and chances of survival. The future has never looked more promising.

Research shows that with extracts from this miraculous tree it now may be possible to:
* Attack cancer safely and effectively with an all-natural therapy that does not cause extreme nausea, weight loss and hair loss
* Protect your immune system and avoid deadly infections
* Feel stronger and healthier throughout the course of the treatment
* Boost your energy and improve your outlook on life

The source of this information is just as stunning: It comes from one of America ‘s largest drug manufacturers, th! e fruit of over 20 laboratory tests conducted since the 1970’s! What those tests revealed was nothing short of mind numbing… Extracts from the tree were shown to:

* Effectively target and kill malignant cells in 12 types of cancer, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreatic cancer..
* The tree compounds proved to be up to 10,000 times stronger in slowing the growth of cancer cells than Aureomycin, a commonly used chemotherapeutic drug!
* What’s more, unlike chemotherapy, the compound extracted from the Graviola tree selectively hunts
down and kills only cancer cells.. It does not harm healthy cells!

The amazing anti-cancer properties of the Graviola tree have been extensively researched–so why haven’t you heard anything about it? If Graviola extract is

One of America ‘s biggest billion-dollar drug makers began a search for a cancer cure and their research centered on Graviola, a legendary healing tree from the Amazon Rainforest.

Various parts of the Graviola tree–including the bark, leaves, roots, fruit and fruit-seeds–have been used for centuries by medicine men and native Indi! ans in S outh America to treat heart disease, asthma, liver problems and arthritis. Going on very little documented scientific evidence, the company poured money and resources into testing the tree’s anti-cancerous properties–and were shocked by the results. Graviola proved itself to be a cancer-killing dynamo.
But that’s where the Graviola story nearly ended.

The company had one huge problem with the Graviola tree–it’s completely natural, and so, under federal law, not patentable. There’s no way to make serious profits from it.

It turns out the drug company invested nearly seven years trying to synthesize two of the Graviola tree’s most powerful anti-cancer ingredients. If they could isolate and produce man-made clones of what makes the Graviola so potent, they’d be able to patent it and make their money back. Alas, they hit a brick wall. The original simply could not be replicated. There was no way the company could protect its profits–or even make back the millions it poured into research.

As the dream of huge profits evaporated, their testing on Graviola came to a screeching halt. Even worse, the company shelved the entire project and chose not to publish the findings of its research!

Luckily, however, there was one scientist from the Graviola research team whose conscience wouldn’t let him see such atrocity committed. Risking his career, he contacted a company that’s dedicated to harvesting medical plants from the Amazon Rainforest and blew the whistle.

Miracle unleashed
When researchers at the Health Sciences Institute were alerted to the news of Graviola,! they be gan tracking the research done on the cancer-killing tree. Evidence of the astounding effectiveness of Graviola–and its shocking cover-up–came in fast and furious….

….The National Cancer Institute performed the first scientific research in 1976. The results showed that Graviola’s “leaves and stems were found effective in attacking and destroying malignant cells.” Inexplicably, the results were published in an internal report and never released to the public…

….Since 1976, Graviola has proven to be an immensely potent cancer killer in 20 independent laboratory tests, yet no double-blind clinical trials–the typical benchmark mainstream doctors and journals use to judge a treatment’s value–were ever initiated….

….A study published in the Journal of Natural Products, following a recent study conducted at Catholic University of South Korea stated that one chemical in Graviola was found to selectively kill colon cancer cells at “10,000 times the potency of (the commonly used chemotherapy drug) Adriamycin…”

….The most significant part of the Catholic University of South Korea report is that Graviola was shown to selectively target the cancer cells, leaving healthy cells untouched. Unlike chemotherapy, which indiscriminately targets all actively reproducing cells (such as stomach and hair cells), causing the often devastating side effects of nausea and hair loss in cancer patients.

…A study at Purdue University recently found that leaves from the Graviola tree killed cancer cells among six human cell lines and were especially effective against prostate, pancreatic and lung cancers Seven years of silence broken–it’s finally here!!!

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Here’s How your desire for RED-WINE can slim you waistline

Having a glass of red wine to unwind at the end of a long day is a pretty common habit. And luckily, it turns out there are a lot of amazing red wine health benefits. But one you may not be aware of is weight loss!


A number of different studies have been done to investigate the effects of red wine on weight loss and the results have been pretty favorable.

A study out of Harvard University tracked a group of 20,000 women for 13 years and concluded that women who drank two glasses of wine a day were less likely to be obese. Other studies have confirmed that red wine can help the body burn fat.

A further study from the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry tried to better understand how red wine can aid weight loss and what exactly is going on with grapes and the body.

Their experiment with mice revealed that mice that were given red wine grape extract stored less liver fat and also had lower blood sugar levels. Apparently the acids in the grapes can help delay and slow the growth of fat cells.


Other people have found that drinking red wine is a good substitute for an evening snack. A glass of red wine has fewer calories than ice cream, cake, and chips and a lot less bad fat.

Linda Monk lost 6 pounds in three weeks using this strategy. She claims that drinking red wine helped to curb her sugar cravings and she was able to eat fewer unhealthy snacks before going to sleep.


In addition to weight loss, there are a variety of other health benefits of red wine, especially its powerful ingredient resveratrol.

Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to help prevent a variety of different cancers. It is also great for your heart health and for preventing Alzheimer’s, as it helps to prevent cell damage.

Resveratrol has also been linked to longer life spans and to improved athletic performance.


It is important to remember, however, that just because red wine has some health benefits and can help you lose weight, doesn’t mean that you should drink a bottle a night. Moderation is key.

It should also be noted that red wine is a good alternative to a snack, not something to accompany it. If you end up drinking a glass of wine and having your cake too, well, the extra calories will only hurt.

You should also be careful about drinking the wine too late at night. For some people it leads to poorer quality sleep and drowsiness in the morning. But only you know how your body reacts.

More than anything, you can just be happy to know that having the occasional glass of red isn’t hampering your weight loss goals. It might even be helping.