Ovarian cancer is a general term used to describe a cancerous (malignant) tumour starting in one or both ovaries. The average age of women when they are diagnosed with ovarian cancer is age 64. It is mainly diagnosed in women over the age of 50; however, there are cases diagnosed in younger women.
This disease has the lowest survival rate of any women’s cancer. Every year in Australia, approximately 1,600 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and over 1,000 succumb to the disease. If found in its early stages, women have an 80 per cent chance of being alive and well after five years. Unfortunately, 75 per cent of women are diagnosed in advanced stages.
Symptoms and risk factors for ovarian cancer are:
- Increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating
- Abdominal or pelvic (lower tummy) pain
- Feeling full after eating a small amount
- Needing to urinate often or urgently.
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