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OVARIAN CANCER SYMPTOMS
DO NOT IGNORE THE SYMPTOMS!
bloating pelvic or abdominal pain trouble eating or feeling full quickly urinary symptoms, such as urgent or frequent feelings of needing to go.
Detecting Ovarian Cancer To date there is not a reliable test to detect Ovarian Cancer. However, you can: See your doctor and have an annual vaginal-rectal pelvic examination . If you have symptoms, ask your doctor for a transvaginal ultrasound and a CA 125 blood test. If you suspect you have Ovarian Cancer, consult a gynecologic oncologist. To locate a gynecologic oncologist in your area call the (GCF) Gynecologic Cancer Foundation at 1-800-444-4441. http://www.thegcf.org/
Ovarian Cancer Facts
Ovarian Cancer is the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers. All females are at risk.
About 22,000 American women will be diagnosed with the disease in 2008. Over 15,000 American women will die from ovarian cancer in 2008. Ovarian cancer knows no boundaries or borders, prematurely killing women of every age, ethnicity and socioeconomic status.
A woman’s lifetime risk of ovarian cancer is 1 in 57; it is an insidious disease that often strikes without warning and without cause. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and subtle, making it difficult to diagnose.
Early detection is the difference between life and death.
Currently there is no effective means of early detection for the disease. As a result, ovarian cancer is usually diagnosed in advanced stages and only 50% of women survive longer than five years. Today, only 25% of cases are diagnosed in the early stages, i.e., before the cancer has spread beyond the ovary to the pelvic region. However, if ovarian cancer is detected and treated early, the five-year survival rate is greater than 90%.Until we have an effective way to detect ovarian cancer, we urge all women to become educated about the disease so she can act independently to protect her health.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW!
Symptoms do exist and can be extremely vague, yet increase over time.
A pap test does not detect ovarian cancer
Risk factor, Uninterrupted ovulation (having no pregnancies; infertility, low parity)
Personal or family history of breast, ovarian or colon cancer. Increasing age; with highest occurrence in women over 50
Potential Risk Factors: Genetic predisposition- Presence of BRCA1 or BRCA 2 gene mutations.
Family history. If your mother, sister, or daughter gets ovarian cancer, your chances are doubled.
Having had breast cancer.Getting breast cancer while younger than 50 increases a woman's risk of ovarian cancer.
How You Can Help - Volunteers / Advocacy
Volunteers/Advocacy Individuals whose lives have been touched by ovarian cancer can be the most effective public advocates on issues directly affecting ovarian cancer. YOU can make a difference in the lives of Ovarian Cancer Patients and their families by becoming an advocate for Ovarian Cancer. Survivors can be an even more powerful voice in our fight! To join our volunteer advocacy network p/c 631 928-0298