Ovarian cancer develops in the ovaries, which are the female reproductive glands that produce eggs during a woman's reproductive years. The ovaries also produce the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Ovarian cancer develops when cells in the ovaries begin to grow out of control.
Statistically speaking, Sarah is the second youngest person known in the entire world to die of Ovarian Cancer at the age of 12. The most common years of life in which someone is diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer is between 55 and 64 years of age. As of 2009, which was the most recent and complete study, only 1.2% of all cases of Ovarian Cancer were under the age of 20 years old.
Mortality rate is higher in Ovarian Cancer, as opposed to others, because the symptoms are what most consider to be daily pains and discomforts, thus making its nickname “the silent disease.” Women who are fortunate to catch the cancer before it reaches the ovaries have an 85-90% chance of survival within the next 5 years. Those who do not catch their cancer before it reaches their ovaries only have a 20-25% chance of survival within the next 5 years. With the generic symptoms and other factors, Ovarian Cancer is the leading cause of gynecologic cancer deaths among American women.
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