Information to help the fight
- 1 in 71 women will develop ovarian cancer.
- Over 80% of women do not know the symptoms.
- There is no screening test and a pap test does not detect ovarian cancer.
- 3/4 of women with ovarian cancer were misdiagnosed with IBS, indigestion or urinary tract infections.
- Worldwide: 204,000 cases: 125,000 deaths
- United States: 22,000 cases: 14,000 deaths
- 75% of patients present with advanced disease, Stage III/IV
- 5 year survival is 30-50% when diagnosed in the advanced stages.
- 1/10 as common as breast cancer but 3 times more lethal
- Less ovulation = less risk
- Having none or few offspring may lower your risk
- Pregnancy reduces ovarian cancer risks by 25-50%
- Breast feeding reduces risk by 20%
- Oral contraceptives protective may reduce risk by 50% over 10 + yrs
- Tubal ligation or hysterectomy reduces by 15% (ovaries left in place)
- Ovarian cancer may be associated with overweight/obesity
- Pelvic or abdominal bloating
- Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
- Urinary symptoms (frequency or urgency)
These all warrant a discussion with your physician and a pelvic exam!