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Connect 5: Facts All Women Should Know About Ovarian Cancer

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The natural bond between women is like no other. We understand one another, we empathize with each other and we confide in each other. By joining together, we have the power to become one voice for all women.

May 8, 2015, is World Ovarian Cancer Day, and was started in 2013 by an international group of representatives from patient organizations working in ovarian cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates 21,290 new ovarian cancer diagnoses in the U.S., as well as 14,180 deaths from the disease this year. By recognizing the unbreakable bond all women share, we can raise awareness about ovarian cancer, in addition to its signs, symptoms and risk factors.

No one wants to hear that they have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but we can support and help friends, family and loved ones through the challenges. Help spread awareness by sharing these five facts about ovarian cancer with five women in your life, while encouraging them to “Connect 5.”

1) It can happen to anyone

Some women can have a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer due to factors, such as genetic makeup or family history. While all women are at risk of developing ovarian cancer, women who have inherited mutations of the genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 can have a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, the risk of ovarian cancer for women with the BRCA1 mutation is estimated between 35-70 percent, while the risk for women with the BRCA2 mutation is estimated between 10-30 percent by age 70.

2) Know the warning signs and track any symptoms

The American Cancer Society lists the following as the most common signs of ovarian cancer:

• Bloating
• Pain in the abdomen or pelvis
• Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
• Needing to urinate with more urgency or frequency

Often, ovarian cancer is diagnosed at an advanced stage because women delay checking with their doctor, or associate their symptoms with their menstrual cycle or menopause.

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