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Connect 5: Facts All Women Should Know About Ovarian Cancer

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Keeping track of your symptoms and their frequency can be helpful in letting you know when you should seek help.

3) Early diagnosis can improve your chance of survival

Being aware of some of the warning signs enables you to address any concerns with your doctor.

4) Consider genetic testing

Simply having a cervical smear test is not enough to check for ovarian cancer. A cervical smear test will only check for precancerous cells in the cervix. If you do have a family history of ovarian cancer or BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, you may want to consider testing for the genetic mutations. However, even if there is no family history, BRCA testing can help determine a treatment path. When screening for BRCA1 or BRCA2, health care providers assess a variety of family history factors including, breast cancer before the age of 50, multiple cases of breast cancer, both ovarian and breast cancers in the same woman or family, Ashkenazi Jewish ethnicity, and at least two primary types of BRCA1 or BRCA2-related cancers in a single family member, the National Cancer Institute said.

5) Be informed

Women hold the power to educate themselves about their health, and staying informed about symptoms, risk factors and treatments for ovarian cancer can make a huge difference in the fight against the disease. There are resources available to learn more about ovarian cancer at MyOCJourney.com.

About World Ovarian Cancer Day

An international group of representatives from patient organizations working in ovarian cancer came together and observed the first World Ovarian Cancer Day in 2013. Since then, the day has helped build solidarity in the fight against the disease. Through the help of ovarian cancer organizations around the world, communities are being educated about the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

World Ovarian Cancer Day has set a movement to help close the gaps that exist in understanding and managing the disease.

Sources:

BRCA1 and BRCA2: Cancer Risk and Genetic Testing.

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