'Break the Silence' survey results

NOCC sponsored the “Break the Silence” survey to accurately measure and evaluate the lack of awareness and knowledge among women, to develop an educational campaign that specifically addresses the disparities about ovarian cancer.

Key survey findings

54 percent of women who have not spoken to their doctor about ovarian cancer do not think it’s an issue because the doctor never initiated the discussion.

59 percent of women have talked to their doctor about breast cancer compared with only 18 percent of women who have talked to their doctor about ovarian cancer.

40 percent of women are not sure of the risk factors, and many incorrectly identified the use of high dose estrogen without progesterone (35 percent) and extended use of the birth control pill (27 percent) as risk factors.

Women who have used oral contraceptives for three or more years have about a 30-50 percent lower risk of developing ovarian cancer.

67 percent of women incorrectly believe that a yearly Pap test is effective in the diagnosis of ovarian cancer.

The online survey was conducted by Impulse Research Corporation in March and April 2006 with a random sample of 1,003 women age 40 and older, representing a cross-section of U.S. women in that age group. The overall sampling error for this survey is plus or minus 3 percent at 95 percent level of confidence.

From the Sept. 6-12, 2006, issue

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