We here at the ihatebreastcancer Foundation are equal opportunity nattering nabobs of neoplastic negativity. We hate all cancer.
Unfortunately, for some women there’s a link between ovarian and breast cancer.
Most cancer just happens–it’s sporadic vs. heriditary. The majority of people who develop breast cancer didn’t inherit an abnormal breast cancer gene and have no family history. But about five percent of people have a genetic mutation which predisposes them to cancer.
Two abnormal genes BRCA1 (BReast CAncer gene one) and BRCA2 (BReast CAncer gene two) are associated with a higher lifetime risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer.
Teal Toes in September can help promote ovarian cancer awareness. Ovarian cancer is often a silent killer. Symptoms may include:
>Pelvic or Abdominal Pain.
>Difficulty Eating or Feeling Full Quickly,
>Urinary issues (urgency or frequency).
According to the Ovarian National Cancer Alliance:
Each year in the United States, more than 21,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and about 15,000 women die of the disease. Ovarian cancer primarily develops in women over 45. From 2002 to 2006, the median age at diagnosis was 63.
A woman’s lifetime risk of developing invasive ovarian cancer is 1 in 71.
A woman’s lifetime risk of dying from invasive ovarian cancer is 1 in 95.
Ovarian cancer accounts for approximately 3 percent of cancers in women. While the ninth most common cancer among women, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death among women, and is the deadliest of gynecologic cancers.