Ovarian Cancer: What You Need to Know

By Ovarian Cancer Canada

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Ovarian Cancer Canada

Ovarian Cancer Canada is the only national charity dedicated solely to overcoming ovarian cancer. Ovarian Cancer Canada provides support for women living with ovarian cancer and their families, raises awareness of the disease amongst the general public and health care professionals, and funds research to find a reliable early detection test, improved treatments and ultimately, a cure.

Ovarian cancer: What you need to know

Ovarian cancer is the most fatal gynecologic cancer. Each year 2,600 Canadian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 70% do not survive five years.  With greater awareness of the symptoms and earlier detection, survival rates for the disease could be as high as 90%.

Currently, there is no early detection test for ovarian cancer and therefore it is crucial for women to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease. 

Women who have one or more of the following symptoms that persist for three weeks should see their family doctor or health professional:

  • Swelling or bloating of the abdomen
  • Pelvic discomfort or heaviness
  • Back or abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Gas, nausea, indigestion
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Emptying your bladder frequently
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Weight loss or weight gain

Women with a family history of ovarian, breast or colorectal cancer, and those over the age of 49, may be at a higher risk of developing the disease.

We urge you to visit www.ovariancanada.org for additional information.
Ovarian Cancer Canada
311 – 470 Granville Street,
Vancouver, BC, V6C 1V5
1 800 749 9310

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