14th Apr, 2009 | Source : Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
Ovarian cancer is the deadliest of the gynecologic cancers, surpassing cervical, uterine and other more commonly known cancers. It can be particularly difficult to diagnose because its wide range of symptoms can mimic other diseases. There is no cure or even a screening test such as there is for breast cancer (mammogram) or cervical cancer (Pap test).
But if ovarian cancer is diagnosed early, nine out of 10 women will survive. The key is to know the symptoms.
The survivor community is leading the charge to enlighten women and health care providers that there are symptoms, even in early-stage cancer. Every woman is at risk, no matter her age, ethnicity, race or sexual orientation.
If a women experiences any of these symptoms for more than three weeks, she should immediately see her gynecologist or regular health care provider and advocate for a combination pelvic/rectal exam, CA 125 blood test, and a transvaginal ultrasound. Be sure that a gynecologic oncologist is part of the health team.