WHO GETS OVARIAN CANCER?
- Ovarian cancer is one of the five leading causes of cancer related death in American women.
- A women's lifetime risk is 1 in 72.
- Each year, almost 22,000 women are diagnosed and about 14,000 women die of ovarian cancer.
- A women's chance of survival is better if the cancer is found early.
- A Pap test does NOT detect ovarian cancer, it tests for cervical cancer.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF OVARIAN CANCER?
- Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
- Urinary urgency or frequency
Every woman experiences one or more of these symptoms throughout her lifetime, however if this is unusual for you and last 2 weeks or longer, we recommend you see your physician, chances are it's not ovarian cancer, however if it is you want it caught early.
IS THERE ANYTHING THAT REDUCES THE RISK OF OVARIAN CANCER?
- Birth control pills
- Pregnancy and breast feeding
- Total hysterectomy
- Removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO DETECT OVARIAN CANCER?
- See a physician for your yearly physical exam.
- Make sure your physicians are well informed about your medical/family history of cancer.
- If you have symptoms of ovarian cancer, ask your doctor for a transvaginal exam, pelvic exam and a CA-125 blood test.
- If ovarian cancer is suspected, consult with a gynecologic oncologist or call the OCC at 419-866-6622 to find one in our area.