Dr. Cathy Larrimore’s Thoughts on Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month
Ovarian Cancer Is One of the Deadliest of Women’s Cancers
Each year, approximately 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. This cancer typically occurs in women in their 50s and 60s. Many women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer have a genetic history that may include carrying the BRCA mutation gene and having a strong family history of ovarian cancer.
Symptoms May Include:
- Pelvic or Abdominal pain
- Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
- Urinary urgency or frequency
- Nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation or diarrhea
- Extreme fatigue
- Shortness of breath
- Weight Gain
There is no adequate screening test of ovarian cancer at this time which is one of the reasons that this cancer is often discovered in later stages. Your ANNUAL GYN visit is important. We offer Women’s Wellness visits, ultrasound if needed and BCRA testing when indicated.
Cathy Larrimore, MD, FACOG
Founder and Gynecologist of Covington Women’s Health Specialists
Cathy T. Larrimore, M.D. is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG). She graduated from Georgia Tech with Highest Honors in 1988 and from Emory University School of Medicine in 1992. Dr. Larrimore practiced General Medicine for four years before completing her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Naval Medical Center in Virginia. After serving for three years as a faculty member and staff OB/GYN at the Naval Medical Center, Dr. Larrimore returned to the Atlanta area where she opened her private practice in January 2004 in Covington, Georgia.