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About Ovarian Cancer
Each year about 22,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The symptoms are often common and vague, which makes it difficult to diagnose. Currently, there is no effective early detection method for ovarian cancer. It is usually diagnosed in advanced stages, and only about half of women survive longer than five years after diagnosis. For the 25% of ovarian cancers that are found early, the five-year survival rate is greater than 90%.
Signs & Symptoms
Abdominal swelling and/or pain
Bloating and/or a feeling of fullness
Persistent, gastrointestinal complaints such as gas, nausea and indigestion
Frequency and/or urgency of urination
Change in bowel habits
Unexplained weight loss or gain
Unusual Fatigue, backaches
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Age: Most Common in Women Over 50
Family History of Ovarian Cancer
Inherited Mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 Genes
Northern European and/or Ashkenazi Jewish Heritage