We are on a mission to support women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, to educate, advocate, and raise awareness.

At this time, many women diagnosed with ovarian cancer have advanced disease and require prolonged medical treatment. We would like to see this change so that fewer women have advanced disease and that all women have the availability of support and access to information as needed.

We are working to expand public awareness of the early symptoms of ovarian cancer in an effort to contribute to the early detection of this deadly disease, and by doing so, save lives. It could be you, your mother, sister, wife, daughter. Every woman is at risk and it is important that all women are educated about ovarian cancer.

You do not have to go through your journey with ovarian cancer alone. CT Women of Hope is here to answer your questions and link you with valuable resources in your community.  We will provide basic needs, gift baskets, and holiday food baskets and gifts for ovarian cancer families in need.

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Join us~! Volunteer or stop by and visit! Many items for sale and awareness materials available. Sign up for our mailing ist
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Saturday, October 28, 20179:00 AM Volunteers Needed to help sell our teal awareness items, pass out brochures & flyers, signing up for our mailing list! Anytime you can help out between 9:00 and 4:00 let us know! SURVIVORS please join us to volunteer or just be a smiling face in our booth! 🙂
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Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

For years, women have known that ovarian cancer was not the silent killer it was said to be. Over the past decade, science has confirmed what women have long known: ovarian cancer has symptoms.

Women treated by gynecologic oncologists live longer.Women with ovarian cancer report that symptoms are persistent and represent a change from normal for their bodies. The frequency and/or number of such symptoms are key factors in the diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Several studies show that even early stage ovarian cancer can produce these symptoms.

Pelvic or abdominal pain
Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
Urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency)
See your doctor, preferably a gynecologist, if you have these symptoms more than 12 times during the course of one month and the symptoms are new or unusual for you.

In 2007, OCRFA and other leading cancer organizations endorsed a consensus statement on ovarian cancer symptoms.

As medical research continues to investigate this important issue, numerous studies have been published indicating that symptoms may not occur until late stage or that they may not improve health outcomes. OCRFA believes that symptoms are important, but they are not a definitive diagnostic tool. Since there is no diagnostic tool for ovarian cancer, symptom awareness remains of key importance. Being aware of symptoms can help women get diagnosed sooner. Early stage diagnosis is associated with an improved prognosis.

Other Symptoms Associated with Ovarian Cancer

Several other symptoms have been commonly reported by women with ovarian cancer. These symptoms include fatigue, indigestion, back pain, pain with intercourse, constipation and menstrual irregularities. However, these other symptoms are not as useful in identifying ovarian cancer because they are also found in equal frequency in women in the general population who do not have ovarian cancer.

Symptoms of Granulosa Cell Tumors

Another, very rare form of ovarian cancer presents a different set of symptoms that are also important to be aware of. Granulosa cell tumors (GCTs) are rare ovarian tumors in the stromal cell group that present with the following symptoms:

Postmenopausal Women:

Abnormal uterine bleeding
Diagnosis of endometrial hyperplasia (thickening of the uterus that causes bleeding) or cancer
Breast tenderness
Vaginal secretions
Virilizing symptoms due to increased testosterone (When a woman starts to show male pattern traits like facial hair growth, for example.)
Premenopausal Women:

Increased abdominal girth
Enlarging abdominal mass
Period Irregularities
Prepubertal Girls:

Early onset puberty (70-80%) with early male trait characteristics
Virilizing symptoms due to increased testosterone (When a woman starts to show male pattern traits like facial hair growth, for example.)
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