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September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September 22nd, 2016 - Posted to Gynecology

Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest of women’s cancers, and more than 20,000 women are diagnosed with it each year. Though it accounts for about only 3% of cancers among women, it causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.

During National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, women are encouraged to learn about the signs and symptoms of the disease. If detected in its earliest stage, the five year survival rate is more than 93%. Though for years Ovarian Cancer has been called a “silent killer,” scientific studies in the past decade have shown that patients experience persistent symptoms that are a change from normal from their bodies. These include:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Difficulty eating, or quickly feeling full
  • Urinary symptoms such as urgency or frequency

The frequency and / or number of these symptoms is key to diagnosing ovarian cancer. If a woman experiences any of the above more than 12 times in a month, and they are new or unusual for her, she should schedule an appointment with her doctor -- preferably her gynecologist -- as soon as possible.

To learn more about Ovarian Cancer, resources for patients and their families, and how to participate in National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, please visit