One in 67 women will get the potentially deadly ovarian cancer, and sometimes it’s found too late.
The best chance of survival is early treatment, which depends on finding the cancer early, so make yourself aware of the early warning signs, the Illinois Department of Public Health advises.
While sometimes women don’t have early symptoms, there are also sometimes early mild symptoms often confused with gastrointestinal illnesses. They can include: abdominal discomfort and pain or gas, indigestion, pressure, bloating or cramps, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, frequent urination, loss of appetite, feeling full even after eating lightly, unexplained weight gain or loss and abnormal vaginal bleeding.
While all women are at risk for ovarian cancer, 90 percent of the women who get this form of cancer are over age 40 and most are over age 60, according to the health department.
Risk factors are a family history of ovarian cancer, being 50 or older, never having had a child, being obese and having a personal history of breast or colon cancer.
Women are advised to see a doctor if they have any of the early symptoms. Depending on the type of ovarian cancer and how far it has spread, it can be treated by surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation, according to public health department.