i would like to greet you all. I hope you all are in the best state of health. That's why we all care about awareness.
Today i will talk about a killer to many women, which is ovarian cancer. This is one of the cancers that threaten women's life because in many cases it is asymptomatic
Let's talk in brief about the "ovaries". The ovaries are glands present on the sides of the uterus. The ovary has 2 functions:
1. To produce hormones (oestrogen and progesterone)
2. During child-bearing period, it releases an egg monthly
After menopause, the ovary ceases to release eggs but continues to produce hormones but at a lower rate
Ovarian cancer occurs when cells in the ovary start to multiply and grow rapidly.
In many women who have ovarian cancer, there are no symptoms. And if there are symptoms, they are non-specific.
Let me tell you some of the symptoms of ovarian cancer:
- Abdominal discomfort or fullness
- Pelvic pain
- Back pain
Because the symptoms are non-specific, usually patients present when spread has occured. That's why it is a "silent killer"
There are risk factors for ovarian cancer, such as:
Low parity, delayed childbearing, high fat diet.
Genetics can play a role in ovarian cancer. A gene known as BRCA 1 gene is associated with breast - ovarian cancer syndrome
Our goal is to detect ovarian cancer early and that will be by doing a routine yearly pelvic examination in the pre-menopausal and post-menopausal women. Besides a periodic ultrasonography coupled with CA-125 can be used to screen ovarian cancer
Once diagnosed, the treatment options will depend on the type of ovarian cancer present. There are many types of ovarian cancer and each one has it's treatment
At last, i want to thank the fan page's members who are always keen for awareness topics. Thank you everybody