Patient Education Tip of the Month: Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Share ACOG’s Patient Education Tip of the Month with your patients. September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

Ovarian cancer affects one or both ovaries. While not common—about 1 in 55 women (1.8 percent) will get ovarian cancer in her lifetime—it often goes undetected until it is in an advanced stage. It is the number one cause of gynecologic cancer deaths in the United States.

Every woman should know the early signs of ovarian cancer:

  • Bloating or an increase in abdominal size
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Difficulty eating, feeling full quickly

If you have any of these symptoms on an ongoing basis (they don't "come and go"), see a health care professional for an evaluation. View ACOG’s patient FAQ on Ovarian Cancer for more information.

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