Only 1% of Women Knew This Was A Symptom of Ovarian Cancer

October 30, 2017

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We've seen the success of drawing attention to a cancer killer in breast cancer awareness month, which wraps up tomorrow. Big steps in early detection have been credited to a drop in breast cancer deaths. But self-awareness can also be an indication of another deadly cancer affecting women.  Although ovarian cancer affects a smaller number of women, an estimated 222,000 women were diagnosed with the disease in 2014.  As with all cancers early detection is key to a bigger survival rate but a recent survey found that only 1% of women surveyed knew that feeling the need to pee more frequently is a sign of ovarian cancer.  Even more disturbing is 30% of women believe that cervical screening tests will identify ovarian cancer, which isn’t the case. Survival rates are over 90% if detected early, so contact your doctor id you have pelvic or abdominal pain, persistent bloating, difficulty eating or filling up fast, extreme fatigue, unexpected weight loss and needing to pee more urgently and frequently.


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