Reducing the risk of ovarian cancer with preventive oophorectomy

cervicalcancer.fwFor many people, if they have heard about genetic testing for hereditary cancer syndromes at all, most will relate to BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic testing and its relationship to hereditary breast cancer. Media also contribute to the overall knowledge; often emphasis in reporting BRCA1 and BRCA2 stories is placed on reducing breast cancer risk. However, there is another cancer risk associated with carrying a BRCA gene mutation that may not be the first to be addressed – an increased risk for ovarian cancer.
Women who carry a mutation in BRCA1 or BRCA2 have a lifetime risk for breast Continue reading

Ovarian cancer: listen to what your body is saying

Symptoms and risk factors for ovarian cancer

ovarian awarenessIs ovarian cancer really a silent disease?  It’s sometimes called that because early stages of ovarian cancer rarely cause symptoms. If symptoms are present, they tend to be vague and not specific to the ovaries. Unfortunately, this lack of symptoms can often delay detection and diagnosis until the cancer is at an advanced stage when the chance for cure is smaller.

The National Cancer Institute notes, “ovarian cancer has the highest mortality of all cancers of the female reproductive system, yet comprises only 3% of all cancers in women.” Part of this is due to the fact there is no widely-available screening method for the early detection of ovarian cancer yet. Therefore knowing the risk factors and symptoms of the disease are key.

Ovarian Cancer Symptoms

Women should note the following symptoms and if they are new or persist daily for more than two weeks, should Continue reading

Progress in ovarian cancer research

Detecting ovarian cancer early is the key to surviving this disease

ovarian risks

Ovarian cancer is an aggressive disease that has a profound impact on the women who battle it and the families who support them

Approximately 1 in 70 women, or 1.4%, will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in their lifetime. In most cases in the United States, a woman’s ovarian cancer is not diagnosed until it is in the later stages of the disease.  At that point, few women are able to live longer than five years. In contrast, women whose ovarian cancer is diagnosed at earlier stages have up to a 90% chance of long term survival. As a result, ovarian cancer research continues to focus on ways to detect ovarian cancer when it is still in the earliest stages to give women the best chance to survive.

Ovarian cancer and early detection

There are many challenges to detecting ovarian cancer early. Each year in the United States approximately 1 in 2,500 women Continue reading