Know the Signs of Ovarian Cancer and Your Risks

From Drugs.com - November 9, 2017

Know the Signs of Ovarian Cancer and Your Risks

THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 -- About 22,440 American women will learn they have ovarian cancer this year, and more than 14,000 will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society.

Often called a "silent killer," ovarian cancer is the 9th most common type of malignancy in women in the United States.

Every woman should know the risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer.

While the causes are unclear, those at increased risk are over age 55; those with a close relative (mother, daughter or sister) with ovarian cancer; and women with a family history of breast, uterine or colon cancers, according to the Valley Health System in Ridgewood, N.J.

Others at increased risk include women who have had breast, uterine or colon cancer and women who have never been pregnant.

Women with a strong family history of ovarian or breast cancer may be candidates for genetic testing to check for a specific gene mutation that increases risk.

Because ovarian cancer symptoms are often mild, you might ignore or dismiss them. Do not.


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