Silent Killer: What Black Women Must Know About Ovarian Cancer
Although African American women have lower incidence rates for ovarian cancer, they have worse survival rates from this disease. Also, although survival rates for Caucasian women have improved modestly over the past four decades, there has been no improvement for African American women.
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Why is there such a major difference between African American and Caucasian women when it comes to developing and surviving ovarian cancer? No one yet knows the answer, but educating women on the ailment and starting a dialogue with healthcare professionals, is a good place to start.
What Is Ovarian Cancer?
This cancer begins in the ovaries, the twin organs that produce a woman’s eggs and the main source of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. Treatments for ovarian cancer have become more effective in recent years, with the best results seen when the disease is found early.