2011.10.06 New App Helps Women Track Signs of Ovarian Cancer, Know When to Visit a Doctor

Posted:10/6/11

Washington, DC—A free app released today by the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance will help a woman learn more about the risks, signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, and determine whether she should visit her doctor.

The Ovarian Cancer Symptom Diary App guides a woman through a short list of questions about risk factors related to ovarian cancer, including family history of cancer and use of hormone replacement therapy. She can then use the program to keep a daily record if she experiences the most common symptoms of ovarian cancer, which include:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency)

If a woman feels any of these symptoms and records them for 14 days in a given month, the app will send her an email suggesting that she visit a doctor and be tested for ovarian cancer.

“The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often mistaken for other, less serious diseases,” notes Karen Orloff Kaplan, CEO of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. “As a result, women are usually diagnosed when their disease is advanced and the odds of surviving are the lowest. We hope this app will encourage women to see their physicians as soon as possible if they experience symptoms that might indicate ovarian cancer.”

In a video demonstrating the features of the app, Board President and ovarian cancer survivor Annette Leal Mattern notes: “I know how busy women are—it’s hard to take time for your health when you are working and caring for your family and home. That’s why the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance created a symptom dairy app. You can download and use the diary on your phone to record the symptoms of ovarian cancer whenever you feel them.”

The Ovarian Cancer Symptom Diary App can be accessed at http://diary.ovariancancer.org. It is compatible with smartphones, iPads and most desktop browsers.

Ovarian cancer claims a woman’s life every 37 minutes. It is the leading cause of gynecologic cancer deaths, and the fifth leading cause of women’s cancer deaths. Women’s odds of surviving are much greater when the disease is diagnosed in the early stages. However, there is no reliable early detection test for ovarian cancer. Awareness of the symptoms is the best way for a woman to know whether she should seek further medical attention. Learn more at http://localhost/cancer.

The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is the foremost advocate for women with ovarian cancer in the United States. To advance the interests of women with ovarian cancer, the organization advocates at a national level for increases in research funding for the development of an early detection test, improved health care practices, and life-saving treatment protocols. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance educates health care professionals and raises public awareness of the risks, signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is a 501 (c) (3) organization established in 1997.

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For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact Amanda Davis at adavis@ovariancancer.org or (202)331-1332.