September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society estimates for ovarian cancer in the United States for 2018 are:
- About 22,240 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer.
- About 14,070 women will die from ovarian cancer.
Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, though it is the 11th most common cancer. Ovarian cancer accountsfor more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. A woman’s risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 78. Her lifetime chance of dying from ovarian cancer is about 1 in 109. (These statistics don’t count low malignant potential ovarian tumors.)
This cancer mainly develops in older women. About half of the women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer are 63 years or older. The average age range of dignosis is 55-65. Symptoms can include:
- Pelvic or abdominal (belly) pain
- Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
- Urinary symptoms such as urgency (always feeling like you have to go) or frequency (having to go often)
For more information please visit Ovarian Cancer Statistics – ACS