Ovarian Cancer Awareness

While ovarian cancer is only the ninth most common cancer in women, it is the leading cause of death for cancers of the female reproductive system.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness monthThe ovaries are responsible for releasing eggs during ovulation and producing female hormones. Over time, cancerous cells can develop on ovarian tissue.

Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

Women with ovarian cancer may only have mild symptoms until the cancer is in advanced stage. Women should contact their gynecologist at Women’s Health Partners at the first sign of any of the following:

  • Vaginal Bleeding or abnormal discharge
  • Pelvic / abdominal pain
  • Back pain
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Frequent urination or diarrhea

Important Ovarian Cancer Statistics

Statistics can tell a lot about the danger certain cancers can pose. Ovarian cancer, while fairly rare, has the potential to be deadly.

Yearly Statistics

  • Approximately 22,280 women in the US will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year.
  • An estimated 14,420 deaths occur in the US from ovarian cancer each year.

5 Year Survival Rate

  • Women under 65 with ovarian cancer: 58 percent
  • Women over 65 with ovarian cancer: 28 percent
  • If the cancer has not spread: 73 percent
  • If the cancer has spread to a distant part of the body: 28 percent

These statistics show that it is vital for women to catch this form of cancer in its early stages.

What is the Best Way to Detect Ovarian Cancer Early?

The most effective way to detect ovarian cancer in its early stages is through a yearly women’s health exam. These annual visits provide women an opportunity to discuss any symptoms they feel which could necessitate further investigation. In addition, a doctor will perform a pelvic exam to feel the ovaries and to detect any possible abnormalities. It should be noted, however, that early-stage ovarian cancer may be difficult for the physician to feel.

If a patient is exhibiting warning signs of ovarian cancer, the following tests may be performed:

Transvaginal Sonography: an ultrasound that is performed with a small instrument that is inserted into the vagina. This will allow the physician to identify any abnormal growths on or around the ovaries.

CA-125 Test: a blood test that measures the levels of CA-125, a protein that is produced by cancerous ovarian cells. This test is not always the most accurate indicator of ovarian cancer because other conditions could cause elevated CA-125 levels.

If you are feeling any of the symptoms listed above or need to schedule your annual visit, please make an appointment by calling our Boca Raton office (561) 368-3775 or Boynton Beach office (561) 734-5710.

Your Safety and Well-being is our Priority

On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice.

We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

You will also have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.

website logo