One woman dies of ovarian cancer every two days in New Zealand, yet few women seem to even know what the symptoms are.
Ovarian cancer is often referred to as the silent killer. There is no screening test for it and it can be either genetic in origin or sporadic. Symptoms are often dismissed as vague and difficult to pinpoint. And it certainly doesn’t enjoy the public profile of other cancers.
For all that, ovarian cancer is a big killer. It rates as the fourth-leading cause of cancer deaths in New Zealand women – behind lung, breast and colorectal cancer. One woman dies of the disease every two days, with annual deaths totalling 188. In terms of incidence, it’s the second-most common women’s cancer (290 new cases are reported each year, compared with 170-180 for cervical cancer).
In this session, we are going to look at Ovarian Cancer, covering following topics:
- Risk Factors