Did you know? September – Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Ovarian cancer includes cancers of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the primary peritoneum, which is the  tissue that lines the abdominal wall and covers the abdominal organs. These cancers often go undetected until  they’ve reached advanced stages as there are often no early signs or symptoms making it difficult to screen  for the disease. 

Thousands of women are living with ovarian cancer in Canada. It is estimated that this year 3,100 Canadian  women will be newly diagnosed with this disease (OCC, 2022). Ovarian cancer is the 5th most common cancer  for women and is the most serious women’s cancer (OCC, 2022). 

Types of Ovarian Cancer  

Risk factors 

Most Common Symptoms (new and last longer than three weeks) 

“Knowledge is Power” 

Until there is a reliable early detection test for ovarian cancer, transferring knowledge and empowering  individuals must be a priority (OCC, 2022). Ovarian Cancer: Knowledge is Power is a program designed to help educate about the facts, risks and signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer offered through Ovarian Cancer  Canada (2022). The program is a free presentation delivered by a staff member or a trained volunteer via an  online platform, such as ZOOM. You can find information on this program as well as many others on the website.

Ovarian Cancer Canada (OCC). (2022). About ovarian cancer. https://ovariancanada.org/About-Ovarian-Cancer