Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer death among women.

Each year, over 22,000 women will be diagnosed with Ovarian cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that 14,240 women will die from Ovarian cancer this year. If detected at its earliest stage (stage 1), the five-year survival rate is more than 93%. Since the symptoms are often subtle and easily confused with other ailments, most new cases of Ovarian cancer aren’t diagnosed until stage 3.

Stage 3 Ovarian cancer means the disease has already spread to the lymph nodes and outside of the pelvis.

The signs and symptoms of Ovarian cancer are:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Urinary urgency or frequency

Other symptoms:

  • Pain during sex
  • Upset stomach or heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Menstrual changes
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Backaches

Approximately 50% of new cases are in women over the age of 63. Women aged 25-54 are approximately 25% of new cases.

1 in 75 women will be diagnosed with Ovarian cancer in her lifetime. The sooner a woman is diagnosed and treated, the better her chances of survival. Because the signs and symptoms are vague or silent, only approximately 19 percent of ovarian cancer is diagnosed in the early stages. Due to the nature of this disease, every woman who is diagnosed with Ovarian cancer has a different prognosis.

Screening tests such as pelvic exam, transvaginal ultrasound, and CA-125 blood tests should be offered to women at high risk for Ovarian cancer.

Some risk factors are:

  • Personal history of cancer
  • Personal history of breast cancer
  • Family history of breast cancer or Ovarian cancer
  • Women over age 55
  • Women who were never pregnant
  • Women on menopausal hormone replacement therapy

A woman with one or more risk factors should be extra vigilant. If you have any of the symptoms listed above and they are persistent, meaning they don’t go away, consult your physician. Your doctor may order some tests:

Our Women’s Imaging team at Sand Lake Imaging is dedicated to meeting your needs. Our physicians are on site at all times to monitor procedures and provide immediate calls for significant positive results. We have the most advanced radiology equipment. Our physicians are among the most highly trained radiologists in Central Florida having been trained at Harvard Medical School, Yale Medical School, and Duke Medical School among others. When you are in need of the best , Sand Lake Imaging provides a tradition of trust and imaging excellence.

Ask your doctor to refer you to Sand Lake Imaging for your diagnostic imaging needs in Orlando, Maitland, or Lady Lake.

To help raise money for research, donate to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.
To help raise awareness: Sign up for the One Step Closer to the Cure 5K/10K