True or false: Symptoms of ovarian cancer are often nonspecific, persistent, and increase over time.
True. The symptoms are often vague, and mimic those of other more common conditions. When in doubt, check it out!
True or false: Most cases of ovarian cancer are hereditary.
False. Like with breast cancer, only 10-15% of cases are hereditary. Every woman is at risk for ovarian cancer.
True or false: A pap smear is a test for ovarian cancer.
False. A pap smear is used only to detect cervical cancer.
Name two symptoms of ovarian cancer.
Some of the more common symptoms of ovarian cancer are bloating, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, and pelvic or abdominal pain. If your symptoms persist, see your doctor.
True or false: Being diagnosed with breast cancer increases your risk of developing ovarian cancer.
True or false: The overall five-year survival rate for ovarian cancer is about 45%. If caught early, this five-year survival rate increases to 94%.
Also true. Having regular pelvic exams may decrease your risk of developing ovarian cancer.
As with breast cancer, early detection saves lives!