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September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month

Posted: 3:49 PM, Sep 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-05 16:49:04-04

WACO, TX — For the September 5 edition of Central Texas Living Ann Harder spoke with Dr. Erin Wait and Dr. Michelle Manning, OB/GYNs with Ascension Providence.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. It's estimated that more than 22,000 U.S. women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer this year, and more than 14,000 women will die from the cancer. Although ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest cancers among women, survival rates are highest when cancer is found at an early stage. The cause of most ovarian cancers is still unknown, but recent findings indicate that the most common form of ovarian cancer starts in the Fallopian tubes instead of the ovary itself.

If a woman has a family history of breast or ovarian cancers, she should speak with her provider about genetic testing. Women with specific genetic mutations can have very high chances of developing ovarian cancer.

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