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Caitlin Hoff of ConsumerSafety.org shares valuable information on Ovarian Cancer and how to reduce your risk. Fact sheets on statistics and symptoms and tips on birth control, diet and screening provide education which can save lives.

The mission of ConsumerSafety.org is to “strive to make information about recalls and safety-related news about drugs, medical devices, food, and consumer products accessible to everyone in a transparent, easily understandable way”.

I truly believe we can help save lives by better informing friends, family, and women everywhere about the symptoms & risk factors of ovarian cancer.

-Caitlin Hoff

 

8 Statistics on Ovarian Cancer

• Ovarian cancer ranks 5th in cancer deaths amongst women
• Ovarian cancer is the #1 cause of gynecologic cancer deaths
• Women have a 1 in 75 chance of developing ovarian cancer in their lifetime
• Half the women who develop ovarian cancer are over the age of 60
• Around 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year
• 14,000 women die each year from ovarian cancer
• Only 15% of ovarian cancers are diagnosed at stage 1
• Every 23 minutes, a woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the United States

5 Symptoms You Should Know

• Bloating
• Pelvic or abdominal pain
• Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
• Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often
• Fatigue

Click here for more symptoms from the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.

What Increases Your Risk?

• Family history of breast or ovarian cancer

• Genetic mutations such as BRCA1 and BRCA2
• Post-menopausal
• Increasing in age over 40
• Obesity, or a BMI of at least 30

• Talcum Powder

Learn more about the dangers of talcum powder.

What Reduces Your Risk?

• Pregnancy and breastfeeding

• Eat foods rich in vitamin A, D & E, and omega-3 fatty acids
• Do not use talcum powder on or near your genitals
• Use of oral contraceptives for 5+ years reduces your risk of developing ovarian cancer by 50%
 
Your Next Steps
1. Read all the facts and tips on Ovarian Cancer to reduce the risk.
2. Click on this link to visit their website to learn more life-saving information.
3. Share this information with your loved ones and friends.

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