Brenda Cotnoir via Crowdrise
September 12, 2010
BENEFITING: National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Sep 12, 2010
From their website (http://www.ovarian.org/):
**What is Ovarian Cancer**
Ovarian cancer is a disease in which malignant or cancerous cells are found in the ovaries. An ovary is one of two small, almond-shaped organs located on each side of the uterus that store eggs or germ cells and produce female hormones estrogen and progesterone.
**Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer**
Ovarian cancer is difficult to detect, especially, in the early stages. This is partly due to the fact that these two small, almond shaped organs are deep within the abdominal cavity, one on each side of the uterus. These are some of the potential signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer:
* Pelvic or abdominal pain
* Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
* Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often
Other symptoms of ovarian cancer can include:
* Upset stomach or heartburn
* Back pain
* Pain during sex
* Constipation or menstrual changes
If symptoms persist for more than two weeks, see your physician.
**What is the general outlook for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer?**
In women age 35-74, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths. An estimated one woman in 58 will develop ovarian cancer during her lifetime. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2009, there will be 21,550 new cases of ovarian cancer and 14,600 women will die from ovarian cancer.
When one is diagnosed and treated in the earliest stages, the 5-year survival rate is over 90%. Due to ovarian cancer's non-specific symptoms and lack of early detection tests, only 19% of all cases are found at this early stage. If caught in stage III or higher, the survival rate can be as low as 30.6%. Due to the nature of the disease, each woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer has a different profile and it is impossible to provide a general prognosis.
**09/12/2010 - Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer - Rhode Island Chapter
Join the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition for its 3rd Annual 5K Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer which will be held on Sunday, September, 12, 2010 in Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Ave (at the Carousel), Providence RI.