Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

Marla Ahlgrimm | Retired Pharmacist | Leading Expert in Women's Health

Marla Ahlgrimm on Ovarian Cancer Signs

Marla AhlgrimmOvarian cancer is a difficult disease to detect, says Marla Ahlgrimm, a retired pharmacist and women’s health entrepreneur. In its early stages, women often have symptoms that are little more than a nuisance. However, even something as simple as bloating shouldn’t be taken lightly if experienced alongside other common complications.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, the four main symptoms of ovarian cancer include bloating; pelvic or abdominal pain; frequent, urgent urination; and trouble eating. These issues rarely cause alarm when presenting individually but warrant further investigation when experienced together or in conjunction with constant fatigue, back pain, persistent heartburn, or changes in the menstrual cycle. Painful intercourse is also common.

Marla Ahlgrimm asserts that, even when experienced together, the symptoms do not necessarily point to ovarian cancer. However, if persistent problems don’t resolve with normal intervention methods – diet, exercise, sleep, etc. – these signs may be indicative of issues that a woman should discuss with her primary care provider or OB/GYN.

Ovarian cancer statistics

Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths in women between the ages of 35 and 74 years. The American Cancer Society anticipates an annual average of more than 22,000 new diagnoses and more than 14,000 fatalities, Marla Ahlgrimm reports. Early diagnosis and intervention is the key to survival with those diagnosed during stage I or stage II – about 20% of all cases – enjoying a 90% survival rate. Late-stage ovarian cancer is more difficult to treat with mortality rates exceeding 70% within a five year timeframe.

Marla Ahlgrimm says there are more than 30 types of ovarian cancer. These are classified according to the type of cell where the cancer began. Cancerous tumors are graded and treated based on location, stage, and classification.

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Author: Marla Ahlgrimm

Pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm revolutionized the field of women’s health in the 1970s and continues to do so today. After introducing the term “premenstrual syndrome” to the American public in the late 1970s, Marla Ahlgrimm has continued to focus her pharmacy practice over the years to successfully address hormone concerns that affect women as they age. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Marla Ahlgrimm co-founded Madison Pharmacy Associates, and it was there she fine tuned individualized care protocols and prescription medication to optimize a woman’s hormonal health. One of the first hormone issues that Marla tackled was Premenstrual Syndrome, or PMS. At that time, there were no diagnosis or treatment options to address the severe symptoms that many women were reporting. As a result of Marla Ahlgrimm ’s intense attention to women’s health, Madison Pharmacy Associates gained a national reputation as an innovative practice. Founded in 1982, Madison Pharmacy Associates was the first pharmacy to special in women’s health in the nation. Thanks to the expertise of Marla Ahlgrimm, Madison Pharmacy Associates became known for the management of PMS. Over the years, Madison Pharmacy Associates evolved with Marla Ahlgrimm’s careful guidance, providing the national PMS Access newsletter, as well as a toll-free line where patients could obtain referrals to physicians who had the expertise to help them manage their symptoms. Marla Ahlgrimm founded Women’s Health America, Inc. in 1993 to help women by providing individualized hormonal medications to address the complex health issues of women and also to provide practical, helpful women’s health information. Over the years, Marla Ahlgrimm’s vision has grown to include Women’s Health America, Madison Pharmacy Associates, PMS Access and Cyclin Pharmaceuticals. In addition to her accomplishments with these landmark organizations, Marla Ahlgrimm is an author, having published two watershed books, The HRT Solution and Self-Help for Premenstrual Syndrome. Marla Ahlgrimm has also been published in numerous national publications, including serving as a columnist for The American Journal of Natural Medicine. Today, the primary work of Marla Ahlgrimm centers on natural hormone therapy, an important area for the large number of women who are menopausal and postmenopausal. Marla Ahlgrimm ’s work is unique because of her focus on individualized, natural hormone therapy options. According to pharmacist, Marla Ahlgrimm, many health issues facing women today are related to hormone changes. Using an individualized approach to therapy, she reports that many women feel reenergized for the first time in years. In addition to recognition in publications and journals, Marla Ahlgrimm has been recognized with a number awards over the span of her career. Some of Marla Ahlgrimm ’s most notable awards have been the YWCA’s acknowledgment of Marla Ahlgrimm as one of its Women of Distinction and recognition by her alma mater, the University of Wisconsin, as one of its Distinguished Alumni. Above all of the awards and honors, Marla Ahlgrimm finds that helping so many women is the greatest accomplishment of all. In fact, says Marla Ahlgrimm, she still works with some of her very first patients and their doctors. These women once sought the help of Marla Ahlgrimm for PMS, she says, and today she is helping them manage symptoms of menopause and the years that follow.

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