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The Truth About Ovarian Cancer

The Truth About Ovarian Cancer

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian cancer is one of the most deadly of all women’s cancers. According to official statistics, an estimated 22,880 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year. In 2012 alone, almost 15,550 women died from this form of female cancer. Tragically, a bulk of these women could have been saved. If detected in the earliest stages of the disease, the five-year survival rate for ovarian cancer is well over 93 percent.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer include: Bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating, feeling full quickly or urinary urgency or frequency. These signs and symptoms are often dismissed as many of them can also be present in other diseases or conditions. Many women do not visit a doctor until it is too late. Don't wait. Seniors should have their regular check-ups and labs for this disease.

There are a few myths surrounding ovarian cancer. Pap smear do not detect ovarian cancer, only cervical cancer. Oral contraceptives do not cause ovarian cancer in fact they decrease the risk by 40-50%. It is also not purely genetics. In fact. Only 5-10% are genetic or hereditary.

Posted Tuesday, 09/30/14, 09:48 AM - Comments - Category: Infections/Conditions/Diseases

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