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Ovarian Cancer Quiz

Take this quiz to test your knowledge of ovarian cancer symptoms, risk factors and prevention strategies.

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Ovarian Cancer Quiz
Ovarian Cancer Quiz
Question 1 of 20 Correct

What is ovarian cancer's nickname?

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The correct answer is: Ovarian cancer has been called "the silent killer" because symptoms are often undetected, or ignored, until the cancer is in an advanced stage. In other words, the cancer is able to progress -- and become deadly -- almost without notice.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a symptom of ovarian cancer?

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The correct answer is: Pelvic or abdominal pain, upset stomach and pain during sex are all symptoms of ovarian cancer. Other symptoms of the cancer include bloating, urinary urgency or frequency, fatigue, back pain, constipation and menstrual changes.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: Always feeling hungry, even after a meal, can be a symptom of ovarian cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Trouble eating or feeling full quickly when eating can be a symptom of ovarian cancer.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

You should see a doctor if symptoms of ovarian cancer remain for how long?

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The correct answer is: Many of the symptoms typical of ovarian cancer can come and go and are not, in fact, an indication of cancer. However, if you experience symptoms for two or more weeks consecutively, it's important to make an appointment with your doctor and share with him or her what you're experiencing. The best way to diagnose ovarian cancer is by noticing the symptoms and alerting your doctor early.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of these conditions can have same warning signs as ovarian cancer?

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The correct answer is: Symptoms of ovarian cancer often mimic those of other conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, stress and depression -- making an accurate diagnosis difficult.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

How many types of ovarian tumors exist?

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The correct answer is: Three types of ovarian cancer exist. Ovarian cancer that begins on the surface of the ovary (epithelial carcinoma) is the most common type. Ovarian cancer that begins in the egg-producing cells (germ cell tumors) and cancer that begins in the supportive tissue surrounding the ovaries (stromal tumors) are rare.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

What percentage of ovarian cancer cases are diagnosed after the cancer has spread to other organs?

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The correct answer is: Because ovarian cancer is so difficult to detect, 75 to 85 percent of women are diagnosed at an advanced stage -- once the disease has begun spreading beyond the ovaries.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: Pelvic exams detect ovarian cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is false. A pelvic exam is unlikely to detect ovarian cancer. The ovaries lie very deep within the pelvis. A routine pelvic exam checks for anything that feels out of the ordinary, but detecting tumors on the ovaries is very difficult because of their position in the body.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: A pap test can detect ovarian cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is false. A regular pap test checks for cervical cancer. It will not detect ovarian cancer.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a risk factor for ovarian cancer?

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The correct answer is: Though the average woman's risk for ovarian cancer is low -- less than 2 percent -- factors such as obesity, infertility and a high-fat diet can increase a woman's risk. If a woman has a family history of ovarian cancer, her risk is greater.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

What percentage of women who develop ovarian cancer have a family history of ovarian cancer?

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The correct answer is: Ten to 15 percent of ovarian cancers are caused by genetic factors. That means the vast majority of women who develop ovarian cancer have no family history or known risk factors.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: Women inherit the gene for ovarian cancer only from their mothers.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes increase a woman's risk of developing ovarian cancer. A woman's mother can pass those genes to her daughter, but so can her father. If you carry one of these mutations, your risk of developing ovarian cancer is near 50 percent.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: Most women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer while they are in their 30s.

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The correct answer is: This is false. The median age of diagnosis is 63. The risk of ovarian cancer rises as women approach menopause.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which of these methods is used to treat ovarian cancer?

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The correct answer is: Both surgery and chemotherapy are used to treat ovarian cancer. Typically, your doctor will recommend surgery to remove the ovaries, tumor and other affected portions of your body. Then you will undergo chemotherapy. However, the course of treatment can be different for each person, based on her medical history and how advanced the cancer is.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: Once your ovaries are removed, you are no longer at risk for developing ovarian cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Even if you have your ovaries removed, you can get a type of cancer called primary peritoneal carcinomatosis. Under the microscope, this cancer is indistinguishable from ovarian cancer. However, it is very rare and only affects five to 10 percent of ovarian cancer patients.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: Birth control pills increase your risk of developing ovarian cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Birth control pills may actually decrease a woman's risk of ovarian cancer. Women who take birth control pills for about 10 years have an 80 percent reduction in their risk for ovarian cancer.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of these blood tests can screen for ovarian cancer?

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The correct answer is: The CA-125 blood test can measure the levels of CA-125, a type of protein produced by ovarian cancer cells. Unfortunately, the test is not very sensitive, so the results are not always accurate. Also, elevated levels of the protein could be caused by other conditions, such as pregnancy, endometriosis or infection, so the chance of a false positive is also high.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: All women should be screened for ovarian cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Because the risk of a false positive is so high, most cancer and women's organizations do not recommend a CA-125 screening except for women with a significant genetic risk. The best way to diagnose ovarian cancer early is to be alert for specific, persistent symptoms, including bloating, abdominal or pelvic pain, difficulty eating, feeling full quickly and urinary urgency.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: Breast feeding reduces your risk of ovarian cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Breast feeding decreases a woman's risk of ovarian cancer. Having multiple pregnancies does, too.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Women who develop ovarian cancer cannot develop breast cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Unfortunately, research suggests there may be a strong genetic connection between breast and ovarian cancers. The same gene mutations that increase a woman's risk of developing ovarian cancer also increase her risk of developing breast cancer.

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