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Signs and Symptoms:

  • Vague but persistent and unexplained gastrointestinal complaints
  • Pelvic and/or abdominal swelling or pain; bloating and/or feeling of fullness
  • Unexplained change in bowel habits
  • Frequency and/or urgency or urination
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • New and unexplained abnormal postmenopausal vaginal bleeding

Risk Factors:

  • Peri or post-menopause
  • Uninterrupted ovulation (no pregnancies and no prior use of oral contraceptives)
  • Family or personal history of breast/ovarian cancer
  • Presence of BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 gene mutations

Prevention:

  • Use of oral contraceptives for 5+ years
  • Multiple pregnancies, breast feeding
  • Removal of ovaries or tubal ligation – procedures may reduce, but not entirely eliminate risk
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Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecological cancers in the United States. In 2009, it is estimated that over 21,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 15,000 women will lose their lives to it.

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Meets the third Saturday of the month
12 pm - 1 pm
Cancer Treatment Centers of America, 10109 E. 79th St., Tulsa, Okla.


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