September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, a time for advocacy and to promote awareness around the symptoms, survivors, miracles, and myths surrounding ovarian cancer.
Facts About Ovarian Cancer
- Over 20,000 new ovarian cancer cases will be reported this year.
- Ovarian cancer affects 1 in 78 women.
- Women who carry either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation have a 20–25% chance of being diagnosed with the disease.
- There is currently no reliable screening test for ovarian cancer.
- The rate at which women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer has been slowly falling over the past 20 years.
Survivor Stories: Building a Family After Ovarian Cancer Through Surrogacy
The treatment for ovarian cancer can result in the removal of both ovaries, the fallopian tubes, and the uterus, which would mean that the survivor will be unable to become pregnant naturally. Still, there are plenty of family building options available to these incredibly brave women.
Gestational surrogacy is an excellent option for women who have undergone treatment for ovarian cancer. Just ask Meagan Zoodsma, an ovarian cancer survivor who built her family through surrogacy.
Meagan appeared on Fox 17's Morning Mix to share her story and prove to women everywhere that they should still hold onto hope in the face of adversity. You can watch her segment below.
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If you or someone you know has been affected by ovarian cancer, let them know that there are still family building options for the women who triumphed over this devastating disease.