There is a lot of great information on the National Breast Cancer Foundation's website below
September is National Ovarian Cancer Month
Get the Facts. Recognize the Signs.
Ovarian Cancer is one of the most deadly of women's cancers. Each year, approximately 21,980 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In 2014, approximately 14,270 women will die in the United States from this disease. It is estimated by the World Health Organization IARC department that there are over 238,000 new cases diagnosed annually and nearly 152,000 deaths worldwide.
This cancer typically occurs in women in their fifties and sixties with the median age being 63. Many women who are diagnosed with Ovarian cancer have a genetic history that may include carrying the BRCA mutation gene and having a strong family history of ovarian cancer.
Unfortunately many women don't seek help until the disease has begun to spread, but if detected at its earliest stage, the five-year survival rate is more than 93%. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often subtle and easily confused with other ailments.
Symptoms may include:
• Pelvic or Abdominal pain
• Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
• Urinary urgency or frequency
Other symptoms may include:
• Nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation or diarrhea
• Extreme fatigue
• Shortness of breath
• Weight Gain
There is no adequate screening test of ovarian cancer at this time which is one of the reasons that this cancer is often discovered in later stages.
Talk to your doctor if symptoms last more than 2-3 weeks. You are your best advocate.
For more information on Ovarian Cancer see the following links:
The combination of mammography, regular breast exams by your health care professional, and being aware of changes in your breasts may be the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is more easily treated. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that women begin having mammograms to screen for breast cancer every year beginning at age 40 years. Talk to your health care professional about the benefits and risks of screening mammography.
For more information, go toFAQ178 Mammography and other Screening Tests for Breast Problems.