Awareness Poster for Ovarian Cancer Symptoms

September is ovarian cancer month

Knowing the symptoms and being tested gives you the best chance of catching ovarian cancer early.

The Diagnosing Ovarian Cancer Early study found approximately 1% of women with symptoms had ovarian cancer. Testing involves imaging (most commonly ultrasound) and a CA-125 blood test. In women with an initially normal result retesting 4-12 weeks later caught very early cases that would have otherwise been missed.

Women who were tested promptly were more likely to be diagnosed at an earlier stage and have a significantly better prognosis.

Spreading awareness is the first struggle. Developing better treatments to improve survival the second. You can help with both by starting a discussion with your friends and family about the symptoms of ovarian cancer, and by donating to low grade serous ovarian cancer research to improve the lives of thousands of women.