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Health Tip: Recognizing Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts

Posted 11 Oct 2017 by

-- An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac that forms on the ovary. Most ovarian cysts are small and often lack symptoms unless they rupture or become twisted. If there are symptoms, the website says these warning signs are common: Bloating. Swelling. Pain in the lower abdomen. Pelvic pain. Dull ache in the lower back and thighs. Problems emptying the bladder or bowel. Pain during sex. Unexplained weight gain. Pain during the menstrual period. Breast tenderness. Needing to urinate more often. Read more

Related support groups: Menopausal Disorders, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Ovarian Cysts, Dyspareunia

Know Your Risk for Ovarian Cancer -- and the Symptoms

Posted 9 Sep 2016 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 9, 2016 – A major shift is needed in the prevention and treatment of ovarian cancer, according to a doctor who specializes in the disease. "Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed too late," said Dr. David Fishman, director of the cancer center and gynecologic oncology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. "It's important for women to know their risk [of] contracting this deadly disease, and its earliest warning signs," he added. All women are at risk of ovarian cancer, and one in 75 will develop the disease, Fishman said. More than 250,000 women worldwide are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year, and 140,000 die from it. Fishman stressed that a clean pap test does not mean a woman's ovaries are cancer-free. Pap tests diagnose cervical disease, not ovarian cancer. Some call ovarian cancer a "silent" killer. Its early symptoms are mild and easy to ignore, according to Fishman. ... Read more

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Is Ovary Removal Tied to Colon Cancer Risk?

Posted 13 May 2016 by

THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 – Women who have their ovaries removed may have a higher-than-average risk of developing colon cancer, a large study suggests. Researchers found that among nearly 196,000 Swedish women who'd had their ovaries removed, the risk of eventually being diagnosed with colon cancer was 30 percent higher than the norm for women their age. The women had their ovaries removed for noncancerous conditions, so a history of ovarian cancer would not explain the findings, the researchers said. Still, the link does not prove that ovary removal contributes to colon cancer risk, cautioned Mia Gaudet, strategic director of breast and gynecologic cancer research for the American Cancer Society. The researchers were not able to account for a number of critical factors, said Gaudet, who was not involved in the study. For one, she said, women who'd undergone ovary removal ... Read more

Related support groups: Ovarian Cysts, Colorectal Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Oophorectomy, Hypoestrogenism

Rare Condition Can 'Masculinize' Women

Posted 21 Oct 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 21, 2015 – For most women, some hair loss from the scalp along with more body hair are just regular signs of aging. In some cases, though, these changes may stem from a little-known condition that sends testosterone levels soaring. Writing in the Oct. 22 New England Journal of Medicine, doctors describe just such a case: A 57-year-old woman who came to them with body-hair growth, balding, an increasingly male-sounding voice, and other signs of excessive testosterone levels. After ruling out some of the usual suspects – including tumors of the adrenal glands and ovaries – her doctors eventually settled on an obscure diagnosis known as ovarian hyperthecosis. It's a condition that many doctors may not be aware of. Even endocrinologists – specialists in hormonal disorders – see relatively few cases come their way, said Dr. Graham McMahon, an endocrinologist who was at ... Read more

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Broader Gene Tests for Breast, Ovarian Cancer Might Benefit Some: Study

Posted 13 Aug 2015 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 – Some women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer might benefit from a broader genetic test that includes more than 20 genes that have been found to increase cancer risk, a new study suggests. Genetic tests have tended to focus solely on BRCA1 and BRCA2, the two genetic mutations that have been proven to dramatically increase a woman's risk for breast or ovarian cancer, the researchers said. But women who don't carry BRCA1 or BRCA2 could still have another genetic mutation that is the source of a history of cancer in their families, explained study senior author Dr. Leif Ellisen, program director of the Center for Breast Cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor at Harvard Medical School, both in Boston. Ellisen's research concluded that a broad genetic test could help doctors better advise and treat about half of the women who have a ... Read more

Related support groups: Breast Cancer, Ovarian Cysts, Ovarian Cancer, Breast Cancer, Prevention, Diagnosis and Investigation

Many U.S. Women Live Far From Gynecologic Cancer Care

Posted 15 Jun 2015 by

MONDAY, June 15, 2015 – Millions of American women have poor access to gynecologic cancer care, a new study finds. The analysis showed that 36 percent of counties in the United States are more than 50 miles from the nearest doctor specializing in ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer. About 10 percent of American women – nearly 15 million – live in those counties, researchers found. "This is the first national study to identify specific regions of the United States where residents may be at an increased risk for poor clinical outcomes – including misdiagnoses and late detection – as a result of limited access to specialized gynecologic cancer care," said study author Dr. David Shalowitz, a fellow in the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine's division of gynecologic oncology, in Philadelphia. "Based on our estimates, it's likely that more than 7,000 women with gynecologic ... Read more

Related support groups: Abnormal Uterine Bleeding, Menstrual Disorders, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Endometriosis, Ovarian Cysts, Uterine Bleeding, Ovarian Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Gynecological Conditions, Cervical Dysplasia

Ovarian Cyst Syndrome May Raise Health Risks from Plastics Chemical

Posted 18 Jan 2011 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 18 – Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) appear to be more vulnerable to a chemical found in many consumer products than other women, a new study suggests. Bisphenol A, or BPA, is widely used in plastic products, food and drink packaging and even dental materials. PCOS, a common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age, is characterized by excessive production of male sex hormones (androgens). PCOS raises the chances of obesity, type 2 diabetes, infertility and heart disease. In this study, Greek researchers checked blood levels of BPA in 71 women with PCOS and a control group of 100 women without the syndrome. Compared to the control group, BPA levels were nearly 60 percent higher in lean women with PCOS and nearly 30 percent higher in obese women with PCOS. As BPA levels increased, so did concentrations of the male sex hormones testosterone and ... Read more

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