OVARIAN CANCER FACTS
- Ovarian cancer occurs in 1 in 71 women.
- 80% of the cases are diagnosed at a late stage, due to subtle symptoms
- To date, there is no approved or effective screening method for detecting ovarian cancer.
- The risk of ovarian cancer increases with age. Although the majority of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are post menopausal, the overall likelihood of ovarian cancer increases as women age.
- Thanks to clinical advances made through research, survival rates have increased dramatically over the past 30 years.
- Early detection is the best way to battle this disease. Without increased education and awareness about ovarian cancer, many women and their doctors will continue to ignore or misinterpret the symptoms of the disease.
- Recognition of women who are at heightened risk for developing ovarian cancer is also key. Risk factors include increasing age, personal or family history of ovarian, breast or colon cancer and not bearing a child.
- Abdominal pressure or bloating
- Pelvic/abdominal pain
- Difficulty eating
- Urinary frequency
- Constant and progressive changes in bowel patterns
- Excessive fatigue
- Abnormal bleeding
- One should realize that the above symptoms would be new onset, and/or increased in frequency.
MORE OVARIAN CANCER RESEARCH IS NEEDED
- No one knows what causes ovarian cancer or how to prevent it.
- 90% of women who get ovarian cancer do not have any of the known risk factors.
- There is no reliable and easy to administer screening test like the pap smear for cervical cancer or the mammogram for breast cancer.
- Ovarian cancer research is drastically underfunded.
- RECENT DATA INDICATES THAT THERE ARE SUBSTANTIAL MOLECULAR PROFILES THAT HELP US IDENTIFY KEY SCIENTIFIC ASPECTS OF THE DISEASE - WE ARE MAKING SOME HEADWAY!
- Until there is a test, AWARENESS is best.
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