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.
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:
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: