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

Risk Factors

  • 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


  • Bloating
  • 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!