Ovarian cancer symptoms and signs, ovarian cancer prevention
This type of cancer is also called: “Silent killer”, since when the symptoms appear, it is very advance. This type is very common in women and has a high rate of mortality for the reason mentioned above. According to the statistics, just 50% of women with this type of cancer will survive beyond 5 years after the first diagnosis.
However, early detection of ovarian cancer can increase life expectancy up to 95%.
Ovarian cancer can appear at any age, but the risk is greater from the 50s, and women older than 65 have the higher risk. Therefore it is vital to know about its symptoms and alert signals that can indicate the possibility of having this type of cancer in women.
The following symptoms are connected to ovarian cancer although they can indicate other health conditions. Anyway if you have them, it is highly recommended to have test done to discard or confirm this possibility.
Abdominal Swelling: if you have this problem frequently, it is better you have a medical consultation asap.
Other digestive symptoms such as constipation, indigestion, any change in the feces and cramps.
Pelvic pain: very important symptom to determine if you have this type of tumor process. If the pain is frequent and it is difficult to find a reason why, the best thing is to go to the doctor.
Back Pain: main in the lower pain is another important symptom.
Frequent urination and difficult to control. Normally this is accompanied with a pain when you urinate. This can be a symptom of a urine infection, but also this could be due to an ovarian cancer.
Inexplicable weight loss: If the weight loss is not normal because you are losing your appetite, your body is telling you that something is wrong. Consult a doctor to figure the cause out.
Pain during sexual intercourses: this is another important and common symptom that there could be a tumor in the ovaries.
Other symptoms such as vaginal bleeding above all in menopausal women, nausea, vomiting, anemia and frequent stomach pain.
The diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer
This type of tumor is not easy to detect since there are not normally symptoms at its early stages. Nevertheless, as soon as you experience some of the above mentioned symptoms, you go to the doctor, this can be diagnosed at its early stages with ultrasound, axial tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and a blood test called CA-125.
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