September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. In honor of the month, Healthy Woman OB/GYN is promoting through social media for a special campaign.
For the next two weeks, Healthy Woman OB/GYN will be donating $1 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund for every “Like” our Facebook Page receives.
Not on Facebook? Healthy Woman OB/GYN will also donate $1 for every Twitter retweet about the cause.
Ovarian cancer is a disease in which malignant or cancerous cells are found in the ovaries, two small almond-shaped organs that store eggs or germ cells and produce female hormones estrogen and progesterone.
In women age 35-74, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths. An estimated 1 in 71 will develop ovarian cancer during her lifetime. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be over 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed this year and that more than 15,000 women will die from ovarian cancer this year.
According to The American Cancer Society data, the mortality rates for ovarian cancer have not improved in forty years. Unfortunately, due to ovarian cancer's non-specific symptoms and lack of early detection tests, only 19% of all cases are found at the early stage, making ovarian cancer the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers.
Risks factors can include genetic disposition and a personal or family history of cervical, ovarian or colon cancers. Women who think they might be at high risk for ovarian or breast cancer should undergo genetic counseling, offered through your physician at Healthy Woman OB/GYN in both their Freehold and Colts Neck locations.
For more information about ovarian cancer or genetic counseling, contact Healthy Woman OB/GYN to set up an appointment and speak to your physician.