Ovarian cancer mainly affects women after menopause, women after 50 but can also affect younger woman too. When it comes to cancer-related death among women, this type of cancer is the fifth leading cause.
As most of us know, cancer, at least for present time, is the leading cause of death almost in every single country around the globe. When it comes to ovarian cancer, according to Canadian and American Cancer Society’s, for last year, there were 14,240 deaths in the United States and 1750 deaths in Canada.
Ovarian cancer develops when the cells of the ovaries develop tumors that become malignant. Ovarian cancer or cancer of the ovaries, is one of the most common types of cancer found in women. This cancer who is known as the silent killer, usually or better said mainly, affects women over the age of 50, women who have been through the menopause, but also can affect younger women too.
This cancer, this type of cancer is known as a “the silent killer” because to a lack of symptoms and difficulty to be detected with screening and tests. According to some researches and one recent UK study, early detection may increase the chances of survival so early detection is of crucial importance. Although there are no reliable screening tests for ovarian cancer, regular tests like MRI, blood tests, ultrasound and laparoscopy can help in early recognition.
Although many researches indicates that the symptoms for this type of cancer can not be noticed until the cancer is at late stage, many doctors believes that is important for women to pay attention to their symptoms and to diagnose this cancer at early stages of his development where the treatment is possible and chances for survival are much higher.
4 Symptoms That May Be Early Signs Of Ovarian Cancer:
Frequent and consistent bloating (more than 21 days in row) may be indicator of cancerogenus tumor growth.
Lower Abdominal & Pelvic Pain
Due pms, menstrual cramps and pain also are normal, but, if there is persistent pain in lower stomach that last much more than ordinary, to be persistent for more than 21 days in a row, this can be a sign of cancer of the ovaries.
If there is significant decrease in your appetite which last for more than 21 days, among sign for stomach, intestine, and bowel issues, this can be sign for ovarian cancer as well so consult with your doctor.
If you visit ladies room much often than usual, especially if there was not excessive intake of water, and at same time you have inability to hold it, this may be one early sign of ovarian cancer.
Keep in mind that these symptoms may be easily mistaken for problems and diseases with the gastrointestinal tract, but, to be sure, consult your doctor.
Few things to know about this type of cancer:
- All women are at risk. There is no proven cause for ovarian cancer,
- The exact cause of ovarian cancer is still unknown,
- There is possibility cysts to develop cancer, mainly in ovaries,
- You cannot detect ovarian cancer with Pap test,
- With very high death rate, ovarian cancer is one of the most aggressive cancers,
- Women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are often between 55 and 64 years of age,
- Almost 150,000 women die from ovarian cancer each year,
- Diagnosis at an early stage improves a woman’s chance of survival.