Ovarian cancer is the most fatal form of cancer among women, but funding for research into the disease is low compared to other cancers. Ovarian Cancer Canada is calling for that to change, asking Canadians to press the government for more funding.
Close to 2,800 Canadian women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year, says Elisabeth Baugh, the CEO of Ovarian Cancer Canada.
“Thankfully, that number is not too high. However, because there’s no screening or early diagnostic test, 56 per cent of those women will not survive five years,” she told CTV’s Your Morning Monday.
Ovarian cancer grows slowly, typically not creating symptoms such as bloating and abdominal discomfort until it is well advanced. That is, in part, why it kills half of those diagnosed within five years.
Breast cancer, on the other hand, has a five-year mortality rate of only 13 per cent; prostate cancer has a five-year mortality rate of just five per cent. Those rates used to be much higher, but have dropped after years of investment in research.
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