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Ovarian Cancer: What Every Woman Needs to Know

Ovarian Cancer: What Every Woman Needs to Know

Each year, more than 21,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and the diagnosis can be a scary one. The disease is often thought of as a "silent killer" — by the time it produces noticeable symptoms, the cancer is usually in a more advanced and less treatable stage. As a result, the disease is the fifth most common cause of cancer-related deaths among women.

The key to lowering that number? Early detection. Ninety-four percent of women whose disease is caught in its early stages are still alive five years later.

So get educated. Read on to learn how to spot the warning signs of the disease and what you can do to reduce your risk.

By Emily Lavin. Published September 20, 2011. Emily is a health writer and editor living in San Francisco.