Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Ovarian cancer is a devastating disease that affects thousands of women and their loved ones each year. This cancer is often difficult to detect, as there are frequently no symptoms in the early stages. This means a large number of cases aren’t diagnosed until cancer has spread, making treatment more difficult.
Here are a few additional facts about Ovarian Cancer.
Did you know?
- A woman’s risk of getting ovarian cancer in her lifetime is about 1 in 75.
- This disease is often diagnosed once cancer has spread. Just 20% of all ovarian cancer cases are discovered in the earliest stages.
- Ovarian cancer may run in your family. Women with a parent or sibling who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer are at a greater risk of developing it themselves
- Age is a risk factor. Ovarian cancer rates are highest in women between the ages of 55 and 64.
- Birth control has benefits. Taking oral contraceptives is linked to a lower risk of ovarian cancer because it prevents ovulation.
Speaking to your doctor about your risk factors can help you become more vigilant about Ovarian Cancer. Learn more by visiting the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance website.
Have you scheduled your annual check-up? Our staff is available to address any questions you may have about your reproductive health. Call us at 210-951-9495 or visit our website at satxobgyn.com to set an appointment or to speak to one of our skilled, compassionate professionals.