Break the Cycle Ovarian Cancer Is Not a “Silent Killer”

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According to estimations by the American Cancer Society (2012) about 70 percent of women diagnosed with late stages of epithelial ovarian cancer will not survive the disease, based on a five year survival rate. This year over 15,000 women will lose their lives to ovarian cancer. This disease does not discriminate between age and ethnicity. Ovarian cancer can affect mothers, daughter, grandmothers, sisters and aunts. The American Cancer Society (2012) asserts ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer among women. Ovarian cancer is called the “Silent Killer” because most women do not show signs of this disease, and are not aware they have this disease until it reaches the more advance stages. Many women have symptoms of ovarian cancer but they are misdiagnosed and unfortunately find out they have this disease in later stages. Advanced stages of ovarian cancer can cause women to lose hope as they face a reoccurrence. Ann at Lymphoma Club believes “For those facing relapses, sometimes it takes a little more “fight” to win the war against cancer. Never give up on yourself and never give up hope”. Women who learn they have ovarian cancer will have to learn about the different stages of ovarian cancer and what stage they fit in, what their treatment options are and how to cope with this disease. Debulking surgery with intraperitoneal chemotherapy is the choice for most doctors to use on patients with advanced stages of ovarian cancer. Advance stages of ovarian cancers have many controversial treatments such as neoadjuvent chemotherapy but debulking with intraperitoneal chemotherapy may prove better suited to save lives. Doctors are unsure of what causes ovarian cancer but they have concluded there are several risk factors which include obesity, age, smoking, family history…...

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