Ovarian Cancer

What Is Ovarian Cancer ?

Ovaries are small almond shaped organs located on each side of the uterus. They are responsible for the production of eggs (Ova) and the hormones oestrogen and progesterone.
Ovarian cancer begins in the ovaries and often goes undetected until it has spread within the pelvis and abdomen which makes it difficult to treat. Early-stage ovarian cancer, in which the disease is confined to the ovary, can be treated successfully

Ovarian cancer may cause few and nonspecific symptoms that are often mistaken for more common benign conditions.

Signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer may include:

Bloating in the abdomen or swelling
Quickly feeling full when eating
Weight loss
Discomfort in the pelvis area
Changes in bowel habits
Frequent urination

Key Facts On Ovarian Cancer


One in 75 women will develop ovarian cancer but all women are at risk for it. Those who've had breast cancer or other forms of cancer in the past or have close relatives who have had it are at higher risk.
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Treatments Available:-
Surgery
Chemotherapy
Radiation
Immunotherapy
Hormone Therapy
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Ovarian Cancer is often deemed as a “Silent Killer’ due to it’s difficulty in detection in early stages.
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During pregnancy the ovaries do not ovulate and because breast feeding delays the start of ovulation following a pregnancy. These combined reduce the risk of ovarian cancer
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Causes and Precaution


Causes Of Ovarian Cancer:

Family history of Ovarian Cancer

Genetic mutation such as BRCA1 or BRCA2

Use of certain fertility drugs or hormone therapies

Endometriosis

How Can Ovarian Cancer be Prevented:

Breast Feeding, if you have a baby

Quit Smoking

Exercise regularly

Getting Vitamin D

Avoid alcohol consumption


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