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September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

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.

  • There are many types of tumors that can start in the ovaries. Some are benign, or noncancerous, and the patient can be cured by surgically removing one ovary or the part of the ovary containing the tumor. Some are malignant or cancerous.
  • In women age 35-74, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths. An estimated one woman in 71 will develop ovarian cancer during her lifetime. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be over 22,280 new cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed this year and that more than 15,500 women will die from ovarian cancer this year.
  • At present, there is no known method to prevent ovarian cancer, but some things appear to reduce a woman's risk of developing the disease. They include: Oral contraception, Breast feeding and pregnancy, Tubal ligation, Hysterectomy.

Click National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and Ovarian Cancer National Alliance for more information.

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