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Each year, approximately 22,240 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In 2017, approximately 14,080 women will die in the United States from ovarian cancer. Many women don't seek help until the disease has begun to spread, but if detected at its earliest stage, the five-year survival rate is more than 93%.
5 Key Facts
1. All women are at risk of ovarian cancer2. Awareness of the early warning signs of the disease could save lives3. Diagnosis at an early stage vastly improves a woman’s chance of survival4. Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed at a late stage5. Many women mistakenly believe the cervical smear test (Pap test) will detect ovarian cancer
Symptoms of ovarian cancer can often be confused with other less serious conditions such as gastrointestinal disorders. Symptoms include:
•Increased abdominal size / persistent bloating (not bloating that comes and goes)•Difficulty eating/feeling full quickly•Abdominal or pelvic pain•Needing to pass urine more urgently or more frequently
Prevention & Diagnosis
There is currently no reliable screening test for ovarian cancer.
If you have signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, your doctor should perform, or refer you for, a:
• Complete pelvic exam• Transvaginal or pelvic ultrasound• CA-125 blood test
For more information on ovarian cancer visit, OvarianCancerDay.org