Understanding Ovarian Cancer

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Did you know that studies have shown that ovarian cancer makes up for roughly three percent of cancers that take place with women? Yet, it actually causes more deaths of any of the other cancers that impact the reproductive system of females.

Maybe you are worried that you are at risk of developing ovarian cancer or you have already been diagnosed and you are now trying to make some decisions when it comes to your treatment options. Regardless of what you are faced with, it is important that you learn all that you can about ovarian cancer, the treatments and the healing involved after finishing your treatment protocol.

Ovarian cancer begins in a woman’s ovaries, which are located on either side of the uterus. They are roughly the size of an almond and work to produce eggs as well as the progesterone and estrogen hormones.

In order to properly diagnose ovarian cancer, your doctor will usually do one or more tests to be sure. These will usually include a full physical exam, laboratory testing, a pelvic exam, biopsy, ultrasound or a combination of any of these listed. It is always important that you are honest and thorough with any of the symptoms that you may have been experiencing so that your doctor has plenty of information to make a solid diagnosis so that treatment can begin.

There can be a number of signs or symptoms that could point towards ovarian cancer. Some of these symptoms will include pelvic or abdominal pain, urinary urgency or frequency, bloating, pain during intercourse, fatigue, back pain, changes in menstruation, abdominal swelling, upset stomach, constipation and more.

An unfortunate fact is that ovarian cancer often remains undetected until it starts to spread into the pelvic area and abdomen. Once in this late stage, ovarian cancer will be a lot more difficult to treat, making it fatal. When early stage cancer is detected in the ovaries, it is a lot more likely to be treated successfully. The usual treatment methods that are used include chemotherapy and surgery on some level.

Whether you are looking to have tests done to rule out ovarian cancer or you are starting your journey for treatment, you will always find that knowledge is power. You deserve to have the treatment and understanding that is necessary to be able to survive and thrive after any sort of diagnosis of cancer of the ovaries.