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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Ovarian Cancer Awareness

the United States an average of 20,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year alone. Each year an average of 15,000 women will die from the cancer. Many cases are not diagnosed until the cancer has reached the later stages when recovery statistics are poor. This could be avoided though, if the cancer was diagnosed and treated earlier before the cancer travels out and away from the ovaries. When found early the survival rate for 5 years or more improves to 90%. This is why it is important to be able to learn early signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.

The symptoms that go along with ovarian cancer are not always obvious. The ovaries lay deep inside the abdominal cavity. Symptoms that commonly come with ovarian cancer are

  • bloating
  • frequent urination
  • trouble eating
  • pelvic pain
  • pain during sexual intercourse
  • changes in menstruation
  • upset stomach or heartburn

Ovarian Cancer occurs in 4 stages. Your doctor should be able to determine your stage through surgery. Stages of ovarian cancer are:

  • Stage 1                                                                                                               The first stage is the earliest where the cancer is still inside the ovaries. The first stage has 3 phases known as A, B, and C. The phases help detail where the cancer is located. 
  • Stage 2                                                                                                               By the time the cancer reaches stage one or both of the ovaries have been affected as well as the pelvic extension
  • Stage 3                                                                                                               The cancer has affected one or both ovaries. The cancer has spread beyond the pelvis and / or is spreading to the lymph nodes
  • stage 4                                                                                                                the most advanced stage , cancer has affected one or both ovaries and has spread to organs outside of the peritoneal cavity.

Treatment for Ovarian Cancer comes in one of the following :

  • Surgery is the most common form of treatment
  • Chemotherapy often follows up surgery
  • Radiation rarely used 

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