Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Day 3 of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: How deadly is the Big O?

If Ovarian Cancer is caught at an early stage, it is very treatable. Key words: caught early. My mom was lucky enough to catch her cancer at a treatable level...even though it was Stage 3 and had already spread - there was no tumor metastasized yet.

On the OCNA web site there are oodles of figures about how deadly Ovarian Cancer is, and here are the most interesting tidbits:

  • It is the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers and the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among American women. 
  • A woman’s lifetime risk of developing invasive ovarian cancer is 1 in 72. 
  • More than 22,000 American women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2013. 
  • About 14,000 women will die from ovarian cancer in the United States in 2013.
There is no detection system for Ovarian Cancer, just your own awareness of your bodily functions. Pay attention every day, and keep a journal if you have to. It helps to keep track and then look back and see if something is off. It is better off in the long run if you catch it early. 

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