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One-third of ovarian cancer patients survive for 10 or more years.

A diagnosis of ovarian cancer is particularly frightening, since it is often diagnosed in later, more advanced stages when prognosis is poor. However, findings published online Aug. 5, 2015 in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology revealed that about 33 percent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer in California between 1994 and 2001 survived for 10 years or longer. The women with longer survival rates included those who were younger, those diagnosed at an early stage, and those who had a low-grade tumor. Ovarian cancer is often asymptomatic in the early stages, and symptoms that do appear tend to be vague and often are similar to symptoms of other health conditions. Symptoms of ovarian cancer include persistent abdominal bloating, indigestion, or nausea; feeling full after eating a small amount of food, or loss of appetite; pressure in the pelvis or lower back; more frequent urination; changes in bowel movements; and feeling fatigued. If you experience any of these symptoms, report them to your gynecologist immediately; early detection significantly increases your chances of survival.

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Title Annotation:FRONTLINE
Publication:Women's Health Advisor
Date:Oct 1, 2015
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