May 8, 2018
World Ovarian Cancer Day (WOCD) is commemorated every year on May 8th, around the world to raise awareness about ovarian cancer. The first World Ovarian Cancer Day took place in 2013. World Ovarian Cancer Day is an initiative of the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition.
Ovarian cancer is the seventh most common cancer, and the eighth most common cause of death from cancer in women in the world.
230,000+ women around the world are diagnosed annually with ovarian cancer.
600,000+ women around the world are within 5 years of an ovarian cancer diagnosis.
150,000+ deaths are caused by ovarian cancer every year.
55% rise in the number of new cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed each year.
70% rise in the number of deaths from ovarian.
5 FACTS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT OVARIAN CANCER
1. A Pap Test (cervical smear test) does not detect ovarian cancer. There is currently no screening test for ovarian cancer.
2. Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed at a late stage.
3. Diagnosing ovarian cancer before it spreads makes it much more treatable.
4. Symptom awareness may lead to a quicker diagnosis.
5. All women are at a risk of ovarian cancer.
WHAT IS OVARIAN CANCER?
Ovarian cancer is cancer arising from the cells in and around the ovaries and fallopian tubes. There are many different types of ovarian tumours.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF OVARIAN CANCER?
Common symptoms of ovarian cancer:
Bloating – increased abdominal size / persistent bloating
(not bloating that comes and goes)
Eating Complications – difficulty eating / feeling full quickly
Pain – in pelvic or abdominal areas
Urinary symptoms – urgency or frequency
Occasionally, there can be other symptoms such as:
Changes in bowel habits
Unexplained weight loss
Any bleeding after the menopause should always be investigated by a doctor.
Source: www. ovariancancerday.org
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