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?

  • Bloating
  • 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:

  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • 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!

Whether it’s your mother, sister, daughter, or friend……we’re in this together!

For more information please contact:

Ovarian Cancer Canada

1 877 413 7970        ovariancanada.org        ovarianknowledge.ca