Thursday, September 15, 2011

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

By Diane Forrest, RN


A few days ago we told you about gynecological cancers, those included cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancer.  Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer among women, and it causes more deaths than any other type of female reproductive cancer.  Ovarian cancer is cancer that starts in the ovaries. The ovaries are the female reproductive organs that produce eggs. The cause is unknown; however, the risk for developing ovarian cancer appears to be affected by several factors.


Risk Factors include:
  • Women with a personal history of breast cancer or a family history of breast or ovarian cancer have an increased risk for ovarian cancer.
  • Older women are at highest risk for developing ovarian cancer
  • Women who take estrogen replacement only


Symptoms
  • Bloating
  • Difficulty eating
  • Abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Abnormal menstrual cycles
  • Nausea, vomiting, constipation

It is difficult to diagnose Ovarian Cancer, because these symptoms could be blamed on many different problems.  Tests such as blood tests, pregnancy tests, MRI, CT and ultrasound are used to determine the presence of Ovarian Cancer.

Treatment

Treatment includes surgery, a complete hysterectomy or just removal of the ovaries and chemotherapy.  If detected early, there is a better chance of survival.

For More information go to this site:  http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/ovarian

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