About Ovarian Cancer

Every 37 minutes, a woman in this country dies from ovarian cancer.

Most could have survived.

Historically, ovarian cancer was called the “silent killer” because symptoms were not thought to develop until the chance of cure was poor. However, recent studies have shown this term is untrue and that the following symptoms are much more likely to occur in women with ovarian cancer than women in the general population. These symptoms include:

• Bloating
• Pelvic and Abdominal Pain
• Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
• Urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency)
• Family History of Breast or Ovarian Cancer

Women with ovarian cancer report that symptoms are persistent and represent a change from normal for their bodies. The frequency and/or number of such symptoms are key factors in the diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Several studies show that even early stage ovarian cancer can produce these symptoms.

Women who have these symptoms almost daily for more than a few weeks should see their doctor, preferably a gynecologist. Prompt medical evaluation may lead to detection at the earliest possible stage of the disease. Early stage diagnosis is associated with an improved prognosis.

We believe that every woman deserves to know the symptoms of this disease. This knowledge is her chance for an earlier diagnosis . . . in fact, her right to survive.