Frequently Asked Questions

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 gynecological cancers?

Ovarian Cancer:

  • Abdominal bloating, pain or indigestion
  • Pressure, pain or discomfort in the pelvis, back abdomen back or legs
  • Loss of appetite, unexpected weight gain or weight loss, feeling full quickly
  • Urinary frequency or urgency

Uterine Cancer:

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding at any age
  • Spotting between periods
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Pelvic pain
  • Weight loss without dieting
  • Pain during intercourse

Cervical Cancer:

  • Bleeding after menopause
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Bleeding after pelvic exam, intercourse or douching
  • Periods that are lasting longer or are heavier that usual
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain during intercourse

Many signs and symptoms, while troubling, can give you insight to know when a call to the doctor is necessary.  Gynecological cancers often disguise themselves as abdominal or digestive issues, making diagnosis difficult.

If you have any of the symptoms below for longer than 2 weeks, chances are it is not cancer, but if it is an early diagnosis is important.

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 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.

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Ovarian Cancer Connection
5577 Airport Hwy. Suite 206
Toledo, Ohio 43615

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