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KEY SYMPTOMS OF OVARIAN CANCER:
- Pelvic or abdominal pain or discomfort
- Frequency and/or urgency of urination in absence of an infection
- Pelvic and/or abdominal bloating
- Persistent feeling of fullness
OTHER SYMPTOMS INCLUDE:
- Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
- Pelvic and/or abdominal swelling, bloating and/or feeling of fullness
- Ongoing unusual fatigue
- Unexplained changes in bowel habits
- Genetic predisposition
- Personal or family history of breast, ovarian or colon cancer
- Increasing age
- Undesired infertility
- All women are at risk.
- Symptoms do exist and can be extremely vague, yet increase over time.
- Early detection increases survival rate of early stage disease.
- A Pap Smear DOES NOT detect ovarian cancer.
- All women should see their gynecologist for a pelvic examination every year to check for ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer.
- Ovarian Cancer is the 5th leading cause of death among women in the United States and most deadly of the gynecologic cancers. 1 out of 55 women will get Ovarian Cancer.
- Ovarian Cancer is difficult to diagnose because symptoms may be subtle and easily confused with other ailments.
- There is no single reliable screening test, however a CA125 blood test is recommended.
- With early detection, before spreading beyond the ovaries, more than 90% will survive longer than 5 years. Less than 20% of women are diagnosed in the early stages.
- Overall, 5 year survival rate for women with Ovarian Cancer is 35%-49%. 50% will die within 5 years.
- When diagnosed in stages III or IV, the chance of 5 year survival is less than 40%.
- The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 22,200 new cases of Ovarian Cancer per year and 16,200 women will die of Ovarian Cancer.
- If Ovarian Cancer is suspected, see a gynecological oncologist who specializes in women’s cancers, especially if any symptoms persist for more than 2 weeks.
- A pelvic exam, transvaginal ultrasound and a CAl25 blood test are recommended.