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Ovarian Cancer Threat Requires Vigilance

Ovarian cancers often go undetected until they reach advanced stages, which is a good reason to remain vigilant and get regular cancer screenings. This type of cancer encompasses cancer of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the primary peritoneum—the issue that lines the abdominal wall and covers the abdominal organs. Added together, this group represents the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States.

The leading challenge with ovarian cancers is they may not cause early signs or symptoms, which the National Cancer Institute says makes it difficult to screen for the disease. The good news is that these forms of cancer are rare: just over 1% of women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer at some time in their lives. Projections for 2023 were that nearly 20,000 women would be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and just over 13,000 were expected to die from the disease. Because it often goes untreated until the advanced stages, the five-year survival rate is just over 50%.

Three Types

There are three types of ovarian cancer:

  • Ovarian epithelial cancer begins in the tissue covering the ovary, lining the fallopian tube, or the peritoneum
  • Ovarian germ cell tumors start in the egg or germ cells
  • Ovarian low malignant potential tumors begin in the tissue covering the ovary

Risk factors for developing ovarian cancers include family history, the presence of inherited gene mutations, estrogen-only hormone replacement therapy, and the use of fertility drugs.

Get Checked

If you are a woman, be sure to get regular check-ups. Talk to your primary care doctor about screening for these cancers—before it’s too late. If you have a loved one or friend who is suffering from a form of cancer, consider organizing an event or fundraiser to help attack this dreaded disease.

You may also want to consider donating to our Good Samaritan Cancer Fund, which helps patients who are struggling to pay for their medication, transportation to appointments, hotel stays for long visits, and other costs.

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