Every woman should know by now know that October is National Breast Cancer Month, but did you know September is National Ovarian Cancer Month?
– In the United States, over 20,000 women will be diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer
this year. Over
15,000 women will die.
Of those diagnosed, only about 20% will be diagnosed in the early stages. If
diagnosed in the
early stages, before it spreads outside the ovaries, 93% of woman are still
alive 5 years later.
The 5 year survival rate for those diagnosed in later stages is about 30%.
is information that can help woman detect this cancer at an early stage
increasing her survival rate.
OVARIAN CANCER SYMPTOMS
Pelvic or abdominal pain or discomfort
Vague, but persistent gastrointestinal upsets such as gas, nausea, and
Frequency and/or urgency of urination
Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
Pelvic or abdominal swelling or bloating
Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
Ongoing unusual fatigue
Unexplained changes in bowel habits
If you experience any of these symptoms for more than 2 weeks, please see your
family doctor or gynecologist.
Personal or family history of breast, ovarian, or colon cancers
ALL women are at risk
Symptoms do exist and can be extremely vague, yet increase over time
Early detection increases survival rate of early stage disease
more information visit ovarian.org or