September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. Linda Van Le shares early signs of ovarian cancer and how women can reduce their risk of ovarian cancer in our blog.
You often hear how important it is to be screened for cancer, whether it’s getting a mammogram or colonoscopy. But when it comes to ovarian cancer, there’s no screening available—and that can be a scary realization for women.
In the United States, ovarian cancer is the deadliest gynecologic cancer and the fifth-leading cause of cancer-related death in women. The reasons? It can’t be detected early through screening, and symptoms of ovarian cancer are vague. This means that by the time of diagnosis, ovarian cancer is in advanced stages.
“It’s almost like going zero to 100; there’s not really an in between when you can say, ‘I can capture this early,’” says Linda Van Le, MD, a gynecologic oncologist with UNC Gynecologic Oncology.