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About Ovarian Cancer


Facts and Statistics:

  • Ovarian Cancer is the deadliest gynecologic cancer
  • The 5-year survival rate is 66% for those diagnosed in Stage II, but drops to 34% for those women diagnosed in Stage III of the disease
  • Only about 20% of Ovarian Cancers are found at an early stage
  • It was estimated that approximately 22,280 new cases of Ovarian Cancer were to be diagnosed in 2012 and approximately 15,500 women will have died from Ovarian Cancer that same year
  • Approximately 90% of women who get Ovarian Cancer do not have any known risk factors
  • While all women are at average risk of getting Ovarian Cancer at any age, the following are some of the risk factors that may increase a women’s chance of getting Ovarian Cancer:                                                                                                                                                                                            - age: half of all Ovarian Cancer cases are found in women in their                                                         mid-60s or older                                                                                                                                                  - never having given birth to any children                                                                                                  - infertility                                                                                                                                                              - a personal history of Breast Cancer                                                                                                              - a family history of Breast, Colorectal, or Ovarian Cancer                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Most common signs/symptoms lasting more than 2 weeks:

  • Abdominal bloating
  • Increased abdominal girth – clothes feeling tighter around the waist
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Abdominal or pelvic pain/discomfort
  • Frequency in urination
Additional symptoms can include:
  • Persistent indigestion, gas or nausea
  • Lower back pain
  • Changes in bowel habits (e.g. constipation)
  • A persistent lack of energy

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Dr. Oz (from the “Dr. Oz” Show) and the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) created a very useful Ovarian Cancer One-Sheet for women to fill out and take to their doctor should they feel they have some of the common signs/symptoms associated with Ovarian Cancer.

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to download the form.