The idea of ovarian cancer can be scary, but knowing the facts can only help in the long run.
Ovarian cancer is one of those things people don't think they have to worry about because "it will never happen to them." In the video, Dr. Nicole Williams, with the Gynecology Institute of Chicago, tells us the basics and helps us stay informed.
Contrary to beliefs, pap smears do not detect ovarian cancer. In fact, there aren’t very many ways to screen the condition. But, there’s good news. The survival rate for ovarian cancer when it’s detected early is 89 percent.
Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer
- Bowel movement changes
- Chronic pelvic pain
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, no matter how minor, speak to your doctor. Williams says, "Early detection of ovarian cancer is the key to survival."