Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women. Much of this is because ovarian cancer symptoms can be vague and easy to blame on something less serious. In many cases, by the time the cancer is diagnosed, the tumor has spread beyond the ovaries and is more difficult to treat.

The best way to prevent ovarian cancer is to have yearly pelvic exams and a vaginal ultrasound if you are at high risk.  We provide information about cancer screenings, testing, assessments and follow up to help determine your risk for cancer.

Are you at risk?

While having one or more of these risk factors may increase a woman's chance of getting ovarian cancer, it doesn’t mean she will get it. A woman with one or more risk factors should be watchful for early symptoms. The risk for ovarian cancer appears to be affected by several factors:

  • The more children a woman has and the earlier in life she has them, the lower her risk of ovarian cancer.
  • Certain genes are responsible for a small number of ovarian cancer cases.
  • Women with a personal history of breast cancer or a family history of breast or ovarian cancer have an increased risk.

Nurse Navigator

If you are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you will be paired with a nurse navigator. The navigator helps ease stress by providing practical and emotional support for patients and their family members from the point of a suspicious finding through diagnosis, treatment and beyond.

An oncology-certified nurse navigator:

  • Helps patients navigate the health care system
  • Provides educational and resources
  • Provides one-on-one consultations to help patients and family members better understand the diagnosis and treatment options
  • Helps patients gather information
  • Coordinates care and appointments for quicker treatment
  • Identifies and provides assistance to overcome barriers to cancer care, such as finances, transportation, language, culture, communication or fear
  • Links patients, caregivers and families to community resources to address specific needs during cancer treatment
  • Leads and facilitates support groups