September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in the United States. Depending on Your Country, the month may vary. February was in Australia and March, in the United Kingdom.

About ovarian cancer, the (United States) explain:

“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”.

On the home page of their website elaborate on:

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“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:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or Abdominal pain
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly

Other symptoms may include:

  • Nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation or diarrhea
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Backaches
  • Weight Gain”.

There is currently no screening test for ovarian cancer. In Gynecologic Cancers: Cervical Cancer – Basic Information: What Should I Know About Cervical Screening? When To Get Screened the (United States) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note:

“The only cancer for which the Pap test screens is cervical cancer. It does not screen for ovarian, uterine, vaginal, or vulvar cancers. So even if you have a Pap test regularly, if you notice any signs or symptoms that are unusual for you, see a doctor to find out why you’re having them”.

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Last Updated: 14 September 2018 – Last Revised: 27 August 2018
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