Do You Know the Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer?

November 12, 2012

Do You Know the Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer?

Every women should know the early signs of ovarian cancer symptoms. Do you know what they are?

Ovarian cancer symptoms can be difficult to recognize simply because it develops at a slow rate and spreads to other tissues before symptoms really become apparent. Ovarian cancer involves a number of different cell types that produce different kinds of tumors because the ovary is a complex organ made up of different tissues.

Ovaries are a Complex Organ

More often than not, ovarian cysts are more common and don’t pose a threat however, regular checkups with your GYN-OB is recommended to be on the safe side. Cells that form the outside layer of the ovarian known as epithelial cells are generally the cells that form tumors that are of concern. There are also rare forms of ovarian cancer that can develop from follicular cells which is where the egg develops and sometimes cells in the stroma or surrounding tissue of the follicular cells will form tumors. So, basically, the epidermal layer, follicles and stroma are the areas known to form cancer cells. Since ovarian cancer symptoms tend to show up late, make sure you have regular checkups with your GYN-OB.

Early Diagnosis is Critical

Clinical information indicates that only around 20 percent of women are actually diagnosed early when this type of cancer is most treatable. Unfortunately, at this time, there is no real way to test for early detection of ovarian cancer. If you suspect you have ovarian cancer or it runs in your family, your healthcare provider can do ultrasound and blood tests. It is possible to screen for cancer markers in a blood sample however, this is still not specific. Again ovarian cancer symptoms tend to occur after the cancer cells have spread to other tissues.

What Symptoms to Look for

In mid 2007 information on early ovarian cancer symptoms became available to the general public. According to the American Cancer Society and Gynecologic Cancer Foundation there are early ovarian cancer symptoms that women should know about. These include: bloating (inflammation or swelling), pelvic or abdominal pain, having to urinate frequently and eating problems such as feeling too full very quickly. It has been suggested that if you experience these ovarian cancer symptoms for a three week period and/or the symptoms are severe, see your GYN-OB as soon as possible for possible cancer screening. Don’t over react to these systems because these are common symptoms that all women experience from time to time. This is just an indicator that something might be wrong. Remember that ovarian cysts are common and usually not a problem along with urinary tract infections. These could be the cause of your discomfort.

Does Ovarian Cancer Run in your Family

All in all, around 2 percent of the female population develops ovarian cancer. What can increase your risk of ovarian cancer is if you have a family history of it or other forms of cancer. If this is the case, your doctor can perform genetic testing and/or other cancer testing. Nevertheless, it is important to known ovarian cancer symptoms for early treatment. Early treatment is your best line of defense against this kind of cancer.

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