Ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer

Where did this come from?
Who is at risk ?
What causes it?
And most importantly how do I prevent it ?

These are just a few of the questions that women have about ovarian cancer.
I remember when I first learned about ovarian cancer in nursing school, I was shocked,angry and scared , you see the risk factors included being a woman,never being pregnant,never giving birth of a live child,family history,age of menstruation initiation, age of menopause,smoking,use of an intrauterine device ,poly cystic ovarian syndrome ,overweight/obesity,using talc based body powder and the list just goes on .
I really felt like damned if you do and damned if you don’t. There are things you can preventbut but a majority of the the risk factors you have absolutely no control over.

The reality is no one really knows what really causes ovarian cancer so how in this world are we supposed prevent it?

According to the American cancer society women who use oral contraceptives for at least 5 years reduces their risk for developing ovarian cancer. Having had tubal ligation and or  hysterectomy reduces the risk for developing ovarian cancer  and genetic testing for women with strong family history to see if they have a genetic mutation and have a higher risk for developing ovarian cancer.

symptoms include

abdominal swelling and weight loss,menstrual changes,pain during sex,constipation,pain that starts suddenly, with no relief.trouble eating and feeling full quickly,urinary urgency or frequency, fatigue, upset stomach and back pain.

However these symptoms can be caused by other conditions so see your gynecologist and medical doctor for further diagnosis.

according to the American cancer society the 5 year survival rate for all ovarian cancer is 45%. The key to survival with ovarian cancer as with any other cancer is early detection. Thie earlier the cancer is found , the better the chance of survival .

If you notice something that is not right with your body , something not normal for you.get it checked out.it just might save your life

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