September Is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
by Dr. C.H. Weaver M.D. 9/1/2018
As the month of September brings ovarian cancer into focus, it’s time to increase public understanding of the disease, including its prevalence, approaches to screening and prevention, treatment options, and resources that offer updated ovarian cancer information throughout the year.
According to statistics from the American Cancer Society (ACS), ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. The ACS estimates that in 2015 there will be approximately 21,290 new cases in the United States and almost 14,180 deaths related to ovarian cancer.
The high death rate associated with ovarian cancer is largely attributed to the fact that the disease is often diagnosed once it has already become advanced, making effective treatment difficult. It’s also important to note, however, that progress is being made in research and in public awareness, as campaigns promote prevention and early detection of ovarian cancer. Staying informed with the latest news on prevention and screening is an important step in reducing your risk of developing ovarian cancer and of detecting disease in its early, most treatable stages. And, should a diagnosis occur, access to current, in-depth treatment information can help you get the best care.
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Learning More About Ovarian Cancer
To find expanded information on the prevention, screening, and treatment of ovarian cancer, stay updated with the lasted news on the disease, and join an ovarian cancer community, visit the Ovarian Cancer Information & News Center
Ovarian cancer is known as the silent killer, but we are making great strides in treating it. Here are some key steps that can help women diagnosed with ovarian cancer take an active, informed role in their treatment plan.
Remember, a diagnosis of ovarian cancer is not a death sentence. With proper planning and open communication, you and your medical team can put together an effective treatment plan that is tailored to your needs and wishes.
Wondering if you might be at risk of developing ovarian cancer? Contact a comprehensive cancer center in your region to learn about available resources. Learn more about the risk assessment and prevention program that I direct at Roswell Park Cancer Institute by visiting roswellpark.org/cancer/ovarian/prevention-detection or calling (877) ASK-RPCI [877-275-7724].
[i] American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2009. Available at (Accessed August 27, 2009).
 American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2015. Available at http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@research/documents/webcontent/acspc-042151.pdf. Accessed August 27, 2015.
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