Know the Signs of Ovarian Cancer and Your Risks
Often called a "silent killer," ovarian cancer is the 9th most common type of malignancy in women in the United States.
Every woman should know the risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer.
While the causes are unclear, those at increased risk are over age 55; those with a close relative (mother, daughter or sister) with ovarian cancer; and women with a family history of breast, uterine or colon cancers, according to the Valley Health System in Ridgewood, N.J.
Others at increased risk include women who have had breast, uterine or colon cancer and women who have never been pregnant.
Women with a strong family history of ovarian or breast cancer may be candidates for genetic testing to check for a specific gene mutation that increases risk.
Because ovarian cancer symptoms are often mild, you might ignore or dismiss them. Don't.
The Valley Health System says you should see your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms, especially if they persist:
- Heaviness in the pelvic area.
- Lower abdominal pain, bloating or swelling.
- Gas, nausea, vomiting or loss of appetite.
- Diarrhea or constipation.
- Urinary frequency or urgency.
Treatment typically involves a combination of surgery and chemotherapy.
If you do need treatment, select a cancer center that handles a high number of ovarian cancer cases. Research shows that hospitals that treat more than 20 ovarian cancer cases a year and surgeons who operate on more than 10 cases a year have significantly better patient outcomes than lower volume hospitals and surgeons, according to the Valley Health System.
© 2020 HealthDay. All rights reserved.
Posted: November 2017
Read this next
THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2020 – More than one-third of older Americans are prescribed drugs they may not need, a new study finds. In fact, these patients are prescribed twice as...
FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2020 -- Active older adults -- cancer survivors included -- are in better physical and mental health than their sedentary peers, a new study finds. More regular...
THURSDAY, Oct. 22, 2020 -- If Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is repealed, pediatric cancer patients could lose critical insurance coverage, a new study warns. Kids...
More News Resources
- FDA Medwatch Drug Alerts
- Daily MedNews
- News for Health Professionals
- New Drug Approvals
- New Drug Applications
- Drug Shortages
- Clinical Trial Results
- Generic Drug Approvals
- Monthly Update Archive
Subscribe to our Newsletter
Whatever your topic of interest, subscribe to our newsletters to get the best of Drugs.com in your inbox.