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Ovarian Cancer
Posted on: March 20th, 2020

ovarian-cancer

The ovaries are about the size and shape of an almond, part of the female reproductive system and produce ovules and female hormones (estrogen and progesterone).

Cancer of the ovary is not so common and often goes undetected until it has spread within the abdomen and pelvis. Early-stage ovarian cancer is more likely to be treated successfully.

 

Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

  • Abdominal bloating
  • Suddenly feeling full when eating
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Constipation
  • A frequent need to urinate
  • Pain in the pelvis and the lower abdomen
  • Bleeding from the vagina and abnormal periods
  • Unexplained back pain
  • Gas, nausea, and vomiting

 

Risk factors of Ovarian Cancer

  • Older age. >50 to 60 years
  • Gene mutations
  • Family history of Ovarian Cancer
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Beginning menstruation at an early age
  • Starting Menopause at a later age

 

Prevention of Ovarian Cancer

  • See your OBGYN regularly
  • Get regular Pap Smears
  • You might be able to lower the risk by staying at a healthy weight and stop taking hormone replacement therapy after Menopause



 

Diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer

Tests and procedures used to diagnose Ovarian Cancer are:

  • Pelvic exam
  • Imaging tests. Such as CT Scans or ultrasound
  • Blood tests
  • Pap Smear

 

Treatment of Ovarian Cancer

Treatment of Ovarian Cancer includes surgery and chemotherapy.

You might find it helpful to:

  • Find professional help to talk with
  • Find support groups
  • Let your loved ones help you
  • Set your own and realistic goals
  • Take time only for yourself

 

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