The 10 Most Dangerous Risk Factors for Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian cancer is sneaky, tending not to give a whole lot of warning before it slams you down with an advanced diagnosis. There is no effective screening method for it, and has often progressed to advanced stages by the time a woman sees a doctor about it.
Statistics for this disease tend to look grim, with the 5-year survival rate at 45 percent, according to the American Cancer Society. Some women may not want to know statistics like this, but there is no need to make the statistics a self-fulfilling prophecy. Many women survive beyond 5 years and are cured.
Only 15 percent of cases are diagnosed in the early stage, for a range of reasons, including vague symptoms which could be mistaken for other issues. Immediate action is crucial when you have such symptoms though, because it greatly increases your chances of effective treatment and survival.
Symptoms can include:
- Abdominal bloating or discomfort.
- Increased or urgent need to urinate.
- Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly.
- Pelvic pain.