Each year, more than 22,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among women. Ovarian cancer often has no early symptoms, so it’s often detected at a later stage when the disease is harder to treat. For such reasons, it’s important for all women to know about ovarian cancer and its risk factors to be proactive about their health.
Ovarian Cancer: What You Need to Know
In honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, we want to share some quick facts about ovarian cancer that everyone should know.
Ovarian cancer is the most common type of cancer in the female reproductive system.
The American Cancer Society’s (ACS) estimates for ovarian cancer in the United States for 2019 are:
About 22,530 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
About 14,240 women will die from ovarian cancer.
Ovarian cancer accounts for more deaths than any other female reproductive system cancer.
A woman’s lifetime risk of getting ovarian cancer is about 1 in 75.
The vast majority of cases are diagnosed in women over the age of 50.
About ten percent of ovarian cancers are hereditary.
The most common symptom of ovarian cancer is abdominal bloating or swelling, followed by pelvic pain. You must see your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms. Other symptoms may include:
Urinary frequency or urgency
Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
There is no definitive ovarian cancer screening test for all women.
There are certain risk factors that may increase your chance of developing ovarian cancer. If you have any of the risk factors listed below, it’s important to talk to your doctor about your risks and what you can do to reduce them. These include:
A family history of ovarian or breast cancer
A personal history of breast cancer
A history of endometriosis
Treatment for ovarian cancer may include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
The five-year survival rate for women with ovarian cancer is 45 percent.
Early detection is key to increasing the chances of survival.
You can lower your risk of ovarian cancer by:
Getting regular health exams and screenings
Maintaining a healthy weight
Eating a healthy diet
At Pinnacle HealthCare we are committed to helping women stay informed and proactive about their health. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help!