During Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Experts Will Spread Knowledge of Symptoms and Disease

During Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Experts Will Spread Knowledge of Symptoms and Disease
During the month of September -- Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month -- Mount Sinai Health System experts are offering tips on detecting symptoms, understanding the benefits of genetic testing, and discussing emerging therapies. Ovarian cancer (OC) is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths in U.S. women, according to the American Cancer Society. They estimate that in 2016, about 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and that about 14,000 women will die from the disease. "Any woman who experiences unexplained bloating, an upset stomach, an urgency to urinate, or abdominal pain for a few weeks should go see a doctor,” Dr. Peter Dottino, MD, Mount Sinai’s director of gynecologic oncology, said in a press release. "Too often, women are sent to a gastroenterologist, or told they’re just aging when experiencing these kinds of symptoms, and by then they have lost valuable time." Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system working to provide specific care, conduct transformative research, and advance biomedical education. Mount Sinai has an extensive ambulatory network structured around seven hospital campuses and one medical school, as well as a range of inpatient and outpatient services, including community-based facilities. Their experts want to pass along some determining factors that women may have for developing OC, including:
  • Family and genetic history: Over 10 percent of ovarian cancers are related to hereditary genetic mutations (mostly mutations in the BRCA1 and B
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