When 33-year-old Claudia Connor lost her reproductive organs to early stage ovarian cancer in 2007, her dreams of being a mother were shattered. Four years after her diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation for stage 1c ovarian cancer, Claudia and her husband Sean became the joyous parents of baby Nathan through an adoption in Colombia.
Visit your country’s ovarian cancer organization’s website to learn more and to get involved. Check out other organizations around the world.
Ovarian cancer is diagnosed annually in nearly a quarter of a million women globally, and is responsible for 140,000 deaths each year.
Statistics show that just 45% of women with ovarian cancer are likely to survive for five years compared to up to 89% of women with breast cancer.
1. All women are at risk of ovarian cancer
2. Awareness of the early warning signs of the disease could save lives
3. Diagnosis at an early stage vastly improves a woman’s chance of survival
4. Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed at a late stage.
5. Many women mistakenly believe the cervical smear test (Pap test) will detect ovarian cancer
Symptoms of ovarian cancer can often be confused with other less serious conditions such as gastrointestinal disorders. Symptoms include:
• Increased abdominal size / persistent bloating (not bloating that comes and goes)
• Difficulty eating/feeling full quickly
• Abdominal or pelvic pain
• Needing to pass urine more urgently or more frequently