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12 Women You Didn’t Know Overcame Ovarian Cancer

ovarian cancer

The silent killer

One in 78 women will develop ovarian cancer in their lifetime. Yet despite its prevalence, this disease is often called a silent killer. It’s the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women ages 35 to 74, according to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. So what makes it so silent? A routine pap smear doesn’t pick up on this cancer, which means it can go undetected. In addition, ovaries are deeply entrenched in the abdominal chamber, making it difficult to detect cancerous cells inside them or on their outer layer, at least within the disease’s earliest stages.

Symptoms include abdominal bloating, weight loss, quickly feeling full, constipation (or other changes in bowel routine), and frequently needing to urinate.

In terms of treatment, Mayo Clinic explains that, for ovarian cancer, this typically involves a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. The extent of treatment depends on how far the disease has progressed by the time a patient has been diagnosed and, as with any medical condition, early detection is key. Psst: These are the most common types of cancer in Canada.

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