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September 17, 2007 • Off-Topic

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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%.

Below
is information that can help woman detect this cancer at an early stage
increasing her survival rate.

POTENTIAL
OVARIAN CANCER SYMPTOMS

o
Pelvic or abdominal pain or discomfort
o
Vague, but persistent gastrointestinal upsets such as gas, nausea, and
indigestion
o
Frequency and/or urgency of urination
o
Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
o
Pelvic or abdominal swelling or bloating
o
Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
o
Ongoing unusual fatigue
o
Unexplained changes in bowel habits

If you experience any of these symptoms for more than 2 weeks, please see your
family doctor or gynecologist.

RISK
FACTORS

o
Genetic predisposition
o
Personal or family history of breast, ovarian, or colon cancers
o
Increasing age
o
Undesired infertility

FACTS
o
ALL women are at risk
o
Symptoms do exist and can be extremely vague,  yet increase over time
o
Early detection increases survival rate of early stage disease

For
more information visit ovarian.org or
call 1-888-OVARIAN.

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