5 Facts About Ovarian Cancer & How We're Helping

08-20-2015 9:47 AM

1.   Ovarian cancer has no early detection test. The Pap test does not detect ovarian cancer.

2.   Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cancer in women and the deadliest of all gynecological cancers.

3.   You can inherit an increased risk for ovarian cancer from your mother or father's side of the family. If a first-degree relative has had cancer of the breast, colon, uterus or rectum, your risk of ovarian cancer increases.

4.   Know your genes. If you have a defect in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, your risk can be 15 to 40 percent higher.

5. Symptoms can be vague, but increase over time. The most common signs are sudden weight gain or bloating, persistent pelvic or abdominal pain or pressure, trouble eating or feeling full quickly, and feeling the need to urinate urgently or often.

Want to know more? Find a complete list of symptoms, quizzes and resources at http://www.ovarian.org.

How The Mary Kay Foundation℠ Helps Newly Diagnosed Women

In short, The Mary Kay Foundation℠ spreads hope by funding the TEAL Tote® program for newly diagnosed women. The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition distributes these tote bags through hospitals.

Ovarian cancer can be a really scary diagnosis because most women will be diagnosed in advanced stages. Fewer than 50 percent will live longer than five years after diagnosis.

What's in the Tote?
Women receive an ovarian cancer resource guide, a Stories of Hope DVD, an embroidered blanket, a shoelace pin, a Mary Kay® Lip Balm and Hand Cream, along with the contact information for a person who can offer support and more information.

Caption: Mary Kay employees volunteer at the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition's Dallas headquarters to stuff TEAL Totes.®

Special thanks to Sarah Harris, Education and Outreach Coordinator at the National Coalition for Ovarian Cancer, for her help in gathering these facts.