Monday, November 2, 2009

Some Information

This is a concise summary of basic statistics and symptoms of ovarian cancer, it's the reality those of us with it are living with:

-One woman out of every fifty-five (approximately 1.8%) will develop ovarian cancer some time in her life time.

-In 2009, approximately 21,500 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Approximately 15,500 women will die of the disease.

-Over 70% of all women with ovarian cancer will not be diagnosed until the disease has spread beyond the ovary. This is because the symptoms of early ovarian cancer are often vague and can mimic other common medical problems.

-Ovarian cancer is most common in women who have already gone through menopause. The average age for developing ovarian cancer is 61 years old.

-For the small number of women who are fortunate enough to have their cancer diagnosed before it has spread beyond the ovary, the chance for cure is 85 to 90%. However, for the majority of women in whom the disease has spread beyond the ovary, the chance of living for five years after the diagnosis is between 20 and 25%.

Symptoms most often associated with ovarian cancer include:
• A feeling of being bloated
• Vague abdominal and pelvic discomfort
• Gastrointestinal symptoms such as gas, nausea, indigestion
• Constipation, diarrhea, frequent urination
• Back pain and fatigue
• Discomfort during sex
• Vaginal bleeding

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