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Shedding Light on Ovarian Cancer: An Interview with Calaneet Balas

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Calaneet Balas

World Ovarian Cancer Day has helped both women and communities come together to educate each other and raise awareness in the fight against ovarian cancer. Working together in unison helps offer support for all who are affected by this devastating disease, including patients and caregivers.

In their attempt to increase awareness, the OCNA highlights five key facts that women need to know about ovarian cancer:

1) All women are at risk.

Although some women may have higher risks than others, an ovarian cancer diagnosis can happen to any woman.

2) Early warning sign awareness of the disease could save lives.

Knowing the warning signs of ovarian cancer helps women know what symptoms to look out for and can help catch ovarian cancer cases before they reach more advanced stages.

According to the American Cancer Society, the most common signs of ovarian cancer include:

• Abdomen or pelvis pain

• Bloating

• Need to urinate with more frequency or urgency

• Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly

3) Early diagnosis greatly improves a woman's chance of survival.

When ovarian cancer is diagnosed at an earlier stage, up to 92 percent of women with the disease have a survival rate of five years or more, the American Cancer Society said.

4) The disease is more often diagnosed at a late stage.

As many ovarian cancer symptoms and signs are often similar to those of menopause and menstrual cycle, some women push back scheduling an appointment with their doctors. By the time they do schedule an appointment out of concern, the ovarian cancer is at a later, more advanced stage.

5) Believing that the Pap test will detect ovarian cancer is a mistake.

Many believe that a Pap test can help identify ovarian cancer, but the real purpose of this test is to check for precancerous cells located in the cervix.

Help spread awareness on World Ovarian Cancer Day, as well as all year long, by sharing these facts with five women you know, and encouraging them to “Connect 5.” You can also spread the word through social media by using the hashtag #Connect5.

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