For Policy Makers

Ovarian cancer will kill more than 15,000 women this year, and due to the lack of an effective early detection test, less than 20 percent of ovarian cancer patients are diagnosed early, when the disease is most treatable.  Tragically, the overall death rate from ovarian cancer essentially has remained unchanged over the past twenty years.  With more than 21,000 new ovarian cancer diagnoses each year, more must be done to identify this deadly disease at its earliest and most treatable stage.

For years, women have known that ovarian cancer was not the silent killer it was said to be.   Over the past decade, science has confirmed what women have long known: ovarian cancer has symptoms.

The symptoms are

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