Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Sabah Mikha

Sabah Mikha is an MBA candidate at Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management. Prior to business school, Sabah had a successful career as an accountant working at various companies such as Ernst & Young, Wells Fargo Capital Finance, and Monroe Capital.

Outside of his business school, Sabah Mikha remains active in his local community through several charitable commitments. He continues to volunteer with various nonprofit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity. But one of his most passionate charities has been with the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Cancer Research Institute, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. Throughout his mother’s five and a half year battle with ovarian cancer, Sabah’s mother never wavered in her belief that she was blessed. She would smile and say with conviction that, “Life is good.” For her, life was good during chemo treatments, after surgery, and during hospital stays. She taught Sabah by examples that a good life is measured by the people who share it with us. In her absence, its been the love and support of his friends and family that have allowed Sabah to believe with his mother’s conviction that “Life is good.”

 

What is Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian cancer can affect any woman and it’s necessary to know what the signs and symptoms are in order to detect the condition early. According to the American Cancer Society, 22,440 women will receive a diagnosis of this disease in 2017 and over 14,000 will die from it this year.

Cancer can occur in any cells of the body and it forms when these cells begin to grow uncontrollably and abnormally. Unlike other cells, cancer cells don’t die off but instead form together and create tumors.

Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

There are 4 major symptoms of ovarian cancer that every woman should be aware of:

Ovarian Cancer

Graphic taken from the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition’s website

 

Other symptoms include back pain, an upset stomach, constipation, and constant fatigue. In order to determine whether or not ovarian cancer is a possibility, speak to your doctor or gynecologist.