Only 15% of all ovarian cancers are found in the earliest curable stages.
Austin, Texas (PRWEB) September 06, 2012
In honor of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, the Nurse Oncology Education Program (NOEP) encourages nurses to view its two free courses on the topic at http://www.noep.org. Every nurse can impact this disease through education, support, and advocacy.
While ovarian cancer has a 93% five-year survival rate, it causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. Only 15% of all ovarian cancers are found in the earliest curable stages (American Cancer Society, 2012).
While early detection of ovarian cancer is difficult due to the vague symptoms of bloating, pelvic/abdominal pain, trouble eating or feeling full quickly, and feeling the need to urinate urgently or often (National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, 2012), it can be caught early if healthcare professionals are educated and keened in to the subtle symptoms.
Nurses can affect women’s awareness and willingness to undergo a regular rectal and vaginal pelvic examination for symptoms lasting more than a few weeks, increasing the opportunity for cure and survival. “Ovarian Cancer: What the Nurse Needs to Know” and “Ovarian Cancer Video: Clinician and Survivor Insights” will provide nurses with accredited CE at http://www.noep.org.