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What You Don't Know About Ovarian Cancer: Fact Vs. Fiction

5:10 PM, Jul 2, 2013   |    comments
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Tuesday, it was announced that actor Pierce Brosnan's daughter died of Ovarian Cancer, the very same cancer that killed his wife in 1990.

Charlotte, Brosnan's daughter was 41-years-old and Brosnan said she fought her cancer with grace and humility, courage and dignity. 

WFMY News 2 wanted to learn more about ovarian cancer, one of the most lethal gynecologic cancer.

The Cone Health Cancer Center explained the fact from the fiction.

Fact: The cause of ovarian cancer is still unknown.

Fiction: There's a screening test for ovarian cancer. There is a lot of fear out there because there is no actual test to screen for ovarian cancer. There is no mammogram-equivalent. It is not something that is screened for with a yearly gynocological visit. Doctors go off of symptoms and risk factors and test from there.

What are the symptoms?
  • Abdominal swelling, bloating
  • Pelvic discomfort
  • And back pain

Fact: Women who have never been pregnant have a higher risk. Women who have been pregnant have a lower risk.

How can you prevent it? The Cone Health Cancer Center said oral contraceptive pills reduce the risk 40-50%. Doctors say the longer you use it, the greater protection against it.

Fact: Just you had a hysterectomy, doesn't mean you are not at risk for ovarian cancer.

How do you talk to your doctor about it? A lot of  women have the symptoms and don't realize it is connected to ovarian cancer. Let doctor know exactly what you are feeling.

Survival rate for ovarian cancer depends how how early it is caught and how quickly it spreads. The cancer center says it is rare to find it early.

The American Cancer Society reports 22,240 new cases of ovarian cancer will be found in the U.S. this year. It also reports 14,230 will die from ovarian cancer.

It is the ninth most common cancer in women. 

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