Ovarian Cancer

Women over 40 Years

Quick Facts

Ovarian Cancer

Overview

The most common type of ovarian cancer is called ovarian epithelial cancer. It begins in the tissue that covers the ovaries. Cancer sometimes begins at the end of the fallopian tube near the ovary and spreads to the ovary. Cancer can also begin in the peritoneum and spread to the ovary. The stages and treatment are the same for ovarian epithelial, fallopian tube, and primary peritoneal cancers. […]

Cancers of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and primary peritoneum are the fifth leading cause of cancer death in women in the U.S. These cancers are often found at advanced stages. This is partly because they may not cause early signs or symptoms and there are no good screening tests for them.

(Text from Cancer.gov)

Symptoms

Nausea
Unexplained Weight Changes
Loss of Appetite
Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding
Pain during Sex
Menstrual Changes
General Abdominal Discomfort/Pain
Diarrhea/Constipation

Risk Factors

Age (40/63+)
Obesity
Fertility Drugs
Reproductive History
Birth Control
Gynecological Surgery

Prevention

Healthy Diet
Active Lifestyle

Screening Info

A number of tests have been evaluated as potential methods of screening for ovarian cancer. Screening tests with the greatest amount of clinical test data supporting their use include transvaginal ultrasound and the blood test for the serum marker CA-125. (Serum markers are substances in the blood that can be detected in blood tests.) Less information is available regarding a number of other serum markers, used alone or in combination. A newer test based on proteomics, a method which involves the evaluation of patterns of dozens to hundreds of low molecular weight proteins simultaneously, has also been recently proposed.

(Text from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.)

Find Support Now

SHARE Cancer Support says:

“Call SHARE’s ovarian or breast cancer helpline and speak with a survivor or caregiver who’s been there. We can answer your questions, talk with you about treatments, help you sort through your options and make informed decisions. We can connect you with a peer whose situation is similar to yours, or we can just listen. Direct numbers for our ovarian and breast cancer helplines are listed below, or you can call our main number at 844-ASK-SHARE. Give us a call today; you are never alone.”

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