Ranked fifth in cancer deaths among women, Ovarian Cancer accounts for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. A woman's risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 78. Her chance of dying from ovarian cancer is about 1 in 108 (not including low malignant potential ovarian tumors),
This cancer mainly develops in older women and approximately 50% of the women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer are 63 years or older. It is more common in white women than African-American women.
Ovarian cancer is a group of diseases that originates in the ovaries, or related areas of the fallopian tubes and the peritoneum. When ovarian cancer is found in its early stages, treatment works best. Some mutations (changes in genes) can raise your risk for ovarian cancer. Mutations in the breast cancer susceptibility genes 1 and 2 (BRCA1 and BRCA2), and those associated with Lynch syndrome, raise ovarian cancer risk. Ovarian cancers come in a variety of different tumor types. The most common tumor type is high-grade serous carcinoma, occurring in about 70% of ovarian cancer cases.
Ovarian cancer may cause the following signs and symptoms—
Listen to your body. If you have unusual vaginal bleeding, see a doctor right away. If you have any of the other signs for two weeks or longer and they are not normal for you, see a doctor. They may be caused by something other than cancer, but the only way to know is to see a doctor.
To learn more about ovarian cancer visit the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
**Information adapted from CDC and American Cancer Society
Copyright © 2021 Diane's Helping Hands - All Rights Reserved
Recognized 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization