about ovarian cancer

Ovarian Cancer

1 in 78 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

1 in 108 women will die from ovarian cancer.
Ovarian cancer can occur in anyone who was born with ovaries.  Therefore, trans men are also at risk for ovarian cancer.  

What’s the problem?

  • A PAP smear does not detect ovarian cancer.  In fact, there is no screening test that does.
  • The symptoms of ovarian cancer are vague, and mimic the symptoms of other, less serious health issues.
  • Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed at a late stage, when it has already spread.
  • Diagnosing ovarian cancer at an early stage makes it far more treatable.  However, even if successfully treated, ovarian cancer recurs at a high rate, and frequently becomes resistant to chemotherapy.
  • Because there’s no early detection test, awareness of ovarian cancer symptoms is critical for more rapid diagnosis.
  • The most common symptoms of ovarian cancer include:
    • persistent bloating
    • feeling full quickly
    • pelvic/abdominal pain, and
    • changes in urinary/bowel habits.
  • If these symptoms persist for two weeks, talk to your healthcare provider and ask them to rule out ovarian cancer.

Ovarian cancer has the highest mortality rate of all gynecological cancers combined. Because there are fewer healthy survivors to help raise awareness of the disease, ovarian cancer research doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

More information about ovarian cancer coming soon.