September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. During this month-long observance, focus your caregiver attention on learning more about ovarian cancer so that you can be more familiar with how to help your senior parent cope with this condition if it should arise as part of their aging journey.
Some things that you should know about ovarian cancer include:
• There are approximately 22,280 new cases of ovarian cancer throughout the United States each year.
• This number accounts for more than 1 percent of all new cancer cases throughout the United States.
• Approximately 14,240 women throughout the United States die of ovarian cancer each year.
• This number of deaths accounts for approximately 2.5 percent of all cancer deaths throughout the United States each year.
• The mortality rates of other cancers are decreasing at a much faster rate than those of ovarian cancer. It is believed that this is due to the lack of early detection screenings and interventions.
• The five-year survival rate for those with ovarian cancer is approximately 45.6 percent.
• Chances of survival are much higher among those women who are diagnosed in an early stage of the cancer.
• Approximately 15 percent of women who receive a diagnosis of ovarian cancer are diagnosed in the early stages of the disease.
• The risk of developing ovarian cancer at some point in a woman’s life is approximately 1 in 75.
• The risk of dying from ovarian cancer is approximately 1 in 100.
• Most women develop ovarian cancer between the ages of 55 and 64.
• The median age of diagnosis of ovarian cancer is 63.
• The median age of death from ovarian cancer is 70.
• White women have the highest instance of ovarian cancer, with 12.8 percent of these women receiving this diagnosis at some point in their lives.
• Asian women have the lowest instance of ovarian cancer, with 9.4 percent of these women receiving this diagnosis at some point in their lives.
The topic of cancer screening and treatment among elderly adults can be a somewhat controversial issue. Depending on their current health conditions, your parent may not find any benefit in screening for cancer because they would not pursue any type of treatment. It is important that you have this conversation with your loved one and their doctor to allow them to make the decision that is right for them.
If your senior parent has recently been diagnosed with ovarian cancer or any other type of cancer, now is the ideal time for you to consider starting senior care for them. Having a senior home care services provider in the home with your elderly parent is a fantastic way to ensure that your aging parent gets the personalized approach to care, support, and assistance that they need to continue living an active, engaged, healthy, and comfortable lifestyle as they age in place. This customized care approach can help your loved one live the quality of life that they desire and deserve, and maintain as much independence as they can, in a way that works with the cancer treatment and management approach that they have chosen.