Ovarian Cancer: did you know?

How many women are diagnosed?
Worldwide about 300,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year, approximately 185,000 women die from the disease. In Lena's home country: Sweden, the statistics are even worse, about 700 women are diagnosed and 550 die. >70% are diagnosed at later stages (stage 3 and 4)
What are the symptoms?
  • Quickly feeling full 

  • Bloating

  • Weight loss

  • Discomfort in the pelvis area

  • Changes in bowel habits, such as constipation

  • A frequent need to urinate

 

Early detection can be difficult because symptoms can be mild and vague and could apply to a variety of less serious conditions. Always consult your doctor if symptoms are new or persistent.

What is the focus in research?
Survival rates increase dramatically if an ovarian cancer is diagnosed early. Hence, many research projects focus on finding ways to diagnose earlier: identifying biomarkers, better understanding disease progression, women at risk etc. The relapse risk is high, therefore research is also focused on finding better and more efficient treatments for those already affected.