Understanding Ovarian Cancer

Knowledge is Power in the Fight Against Ovarian Cancer

The more you know about ovarian cancer and the earlier you know it improve your odds against the disease.

Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States, resulting in approximately 14,500 deaths annually.

To date there is not a widely accepted, reliable screening test for the detection of ovarian cancer.  Only the CA-125 test has been identified as an indicator of ovarian cancer with an 80% chance of returning true positive results from stage II, III, and IV ovarian cancer patients. In Stage I ovarian cancer patients the CA-125 test only returns a true positive result for about 50% of patients.


Ovarian Cancer Risk Factors

Ovarian Cancer Risk Factors

Because there is not a widely accepted, reliable screening test for the detection of ovarian cancer, it is critically important that women know and are familiar with the risk factors that are associated with ovarian cancer. The highest risk factor for ovarian cancer is a family history where one or more family members (your mother, sister, or daughter) has (or has had) ovarian cancer.

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Ovarian Cancer Warning Signs

Ovarian Cancer Warning Signs

The early symptoms of ovarian cancer tend to mirror those of many other more common conditions, including digestive and bladder problems. The symptoms of ovarian cancer tend to be persistent and worsen over time. Early signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer may include...

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Ovarian Cancer Resources

Ovarian Cancer Resources

Various resources to help you learn more about Ovarian Cancer. Check back often as we update this list periodically to make sure you have the latest information.

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Latest Ovarian Cancer News

Ovarian Cancer News

Stay up to date on the latest news and advancements on Ovarian Cancer.

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06-Nov-2015 - 06-Nov-2015

WineHopsScotch!, the annual fund raising event benefitting the Julie W. Schaffner Ovarian Cancer Fund, was held Friday, November 6, 2015 at the Michigan Shores Club, Wilmette, Ill. The following are just a few of the highlights our do.. Read More »

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