Some “you should know” facts about breast and ovarian cancer – share with your loved ones!
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Ovarian Cancer Facts
- Ovarian Cancer FACT #1: Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death among
women, and is the deadliest of gynecologic cancers.1
- Ovarian Cancer FACT #2: Knowing the symptoms of ovarian cancer is essential to detecting it early, and
increasing your survival rate. Symptoms include: bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, urinary urgency or
frequency, and difficulty eating or feeling full quickly.
- Ovarian Cancer FACT #3: There are no screening tests that exist to test for ovarian cancer, unlike the
pap test for cervical cancer. However, several tests exist for women who are at higher risk for ovarian
cancer, including a blood test, a transvaginal ultrasound, and a pelvic exam.
Breast Cancer Facts
- Breast Cancer FACT #1: 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime, and it is the
second leading cause of cancer-related death among women.2
- Breast Cancer FACT #2: The biggest risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and getting older.
- Breast Cancer FACT #3: For women at average risk (the general population), Susan G. Komen for the
Cure recommends getting a Clinical Breast Exam at least every 3 years between the ages of 20 and 39.
Starting at age 40, a woman should get both a Clinical Breast Exam and a Mammogram every year. 3
Breast and Ovarian Cancer: The Facts – A Panel Discussion
Topics and Panelists include:
- Breast & Ovarian Cancer 101
Summer Dewdney, MD
Rush University Medical Center
- Genetic Counseling and the BRCA Mutation
Scott Weissman, MS/CGC
Center for Medical Genetics
- A Psycho-Social Perspective on Breast and Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis
Katie Salyer, PsyD
Cancer Wellness Center
- Special Considerations for the LBTQ Community
Kristin Keglovitz Baker, PA-C, AAHIVS
Howard Brown Health Center
1 Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. (2013). About Ovarian Cancer: Detection. Retrieved from: http://www.ovariancancer.org/about-ovarian-cancer/detection/
3 Susan G. Komen for the Cure. (2012). Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations for Women at Average Risk.
Retrieved from: http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/GeneralRecommendations.html
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Betsy was born in Chicago and raised in the northern suburbs of the city. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with her B.A. in Philosophy, and went on to pursue her M.A. in Social Work from the University of Chicago. Over the past six years, Betsy has developed and pursued her passion for women’s health, LGBTQ issues, and social justice. In January of 2012, she became the Manager of the Lesbian Community Care Project (LCCP) at Howard Brown Health Center, the largest LGBTQ healthcare organization in the Midwest. Betsy is thrilled to join The L Stop team to write for the Queering Her Health blog. She hopes the blog will: 1) help LBTQ women get access to health information that is focused specifically on queer women’s health issues, 2) provide resources for LBTQ women to get connected to healthcare that is safe and affirming, and 3) encourage queer women to take care of themselves and their health, because we’re worth it!