Did you know that September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month?? If not, you aren’t alone! This is one of the most overlooked and under-diagnosed diseases that women today face.
Here are the facts we think every woman should know:
- 2,600 Women are newly diagnosed each year in Canada
- Every year 1,750 Canadian women die from ovarian cancer
- Late detection results in five-year survival rates of less than 30%
- A Pap smear doe NOT detect ovarian cancer
What are the most common symptoms of Ovarian Cancer?
- Pelvic and/or abdominal pain
- Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
- Urinary symptoms such as a greater sense of urgency or frequency
You may also experience:
- Menstrual Irregularities
- Weight loss or gain
If you have family history of breast, ovarian or colon cancer, or you are 50+ years of age you are at increased risk.
What else can you do?
- See your doctor for regular physicals/pelvic exams
- Let your doctor know if you have any new symptoms for a period of 3 weeks or longer
- Educate yourself!