Symptoms

Symptoms

Educating women around the world on the symptoms of ovarian cancer is at the core of Auggie Apparel. We also want women to know that having a diagnosis of breast cancer increases the risk for ovarian cancer, even when the BRCA genetic mutation test is negative. To that end, we've set up a page for women seeking more info on the symptoms and facts of breast cancer. 

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Symptoms of ovarian cancer can often be confused with other less serious conditions such as gastrointestinal disorders. The majority of patients are identified in the advanced stages when the disease becomes more difficult to treat. Awareness of the risk factors, signs and symptoms, as well as your family history are all important to identifying the disease sooner.

If a woman experiences one or more of the following symptoms on most days within a three week period, they should discuss their concerns with their doctor:

  • Increased abdominal size / persistent bloating (not bloating that comes and goes)
  • Difficulty eating/feeling full quickly
  • Abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Needing to pass urine more urgently or more frequently


Women with ovarian cancer are most likely to have one or more of the above symptoms on a frequent basis. There can be other symptoms which also occur, including change in bowel habits, abnormal vaginal bleeding, fatigue, and unexpected weight loss or weight gain (in this instance around the abdomen). However these are less helpful when a doctor is trying to determine whether or not ovarian cancer is the cause.

 

Ovarian Cancer Facts

  • All women are at risk of ovarian cancer
  • Awareness of the early warning signs of the disease could save lives
  • Diagnosis at an early stage vastly improves a woman’s chance of survival
  • Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed at a late stage.
  • Many women mistakenly believe the cervical smear test (Pap test) will detect ovarian cancer
  • Ovarian cancer is diagnosed annually in nearly a quarter of a million women globally and is responsible for 140,000 deaths each year. 
  • Statistics show that just 45% of women with ovarian cancer are likely to survive for five years

 

Prevention

  • Birth control pill: Oral contraceptives have been shown to reduce the risk for ovarian cancer by up to 30-60%.
  • Preventive surgery to remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes may be considered if genetic testing indicates an increased risk of ovarian cancer. 
  • For post-menopausal women, this surgery can reduce the risk of ovarian and related cancers by 85-90%.
  • For premenopausal women, removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes can also reduce the risk of breast cancer by 40-70%. 
  • Research has shown that the most common and most serious form of ovarian cancer actually starts in the fallopian tubes.


 

References: World Ovarian Cancer Day. Web. 15 Dec. 2015. http://www.ovariancancerday.org/