Ovarian Cancer Awareness
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is held every September to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and to highlight ovarian cancer risk factors, and educate people on ovarian cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Ovarian cancer is the fifth most frequent cancer in women, and it is the cancer of the female reproductive system that kills the most women. A woman’s lifetime risk of developing ovarian cancer is roughly 1 in 78, with a 1 in 108 chance of dying from it. Ovarian cancer might be asymptomatic for several years, making diagnosis difficult.
What is ovarian cancer?
There are two ovaries in a woman. The oval-shaped reproductive organs create eggs that pass into the uterus via the fallopian tubes (usually). Each side of the uterus has one ovary and one fallopian tube. The egg implants into the uterine wall, where the embryo develops if it is fertilized. Hormones like oestrogen and progesterone are also produced by the ovaries.
Cancer develops when cells in any part of the body grow out of control and create tumours. When cancer spreads, it is referred to as metastasizing. Ovarian cancer occurs when cells in the ovaries or fallopian tubes develop abnormally. In fact, new evidence suggests that the majority of ovarian cancers begin in the fallopian tubes.
What are the most frequent ovarian cancer symptoms?
Ovarian cancer symptoms are often ambiguous (such as bloating and indigestion), and early-stage ovarian cancer has no symptoms.
Common symptoms of ovarian cancer include:
• Unexplained and frequent bloating
• Feeling full quickly after eating
• Difficulty eating or lack of appetite
• Pelvic pain
• Abdominal pain or cramping
Do the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer appear suddenly?
Because the symptoms of ovarian cancer are so similar to those of other diseases, they can be difficult to distinguish. Anyone who has had unexplained abdominal symptoms for more than two weeks should see their doctor, according to experts.
Is it possible for ovarian cancer to go unnoticed for a long time?
Ovarian cancer can lie unnoticed for years before showing symptoms. Unfortunately, the signs of ovarian cancer are nonspecific, and there is currently no accurate means to detect the disease in its early stages. As a result, ovarian cancer frequently goes unnoticed until the pelvis and abdomen have been affected. The early ovarian cancer is detected, the better the prognosis.
Is it true that ovarian cancer spreads quickly?
Ovarian cancer is a fast-growing malignancy that can move from early stages to advance in as little as a year. The most common type is malignant epithelial carcinoma, which grows out of control quickly and spreads over weeks or months.
It’s vital to pay attention to your symptoms so that you can be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. The prognosis will be better if cancer is detected early. Unfortunately, 80% of ovarian cancer patients do not receive a diagnosis until cancer has progressed across their abdomen.
So, spreading Ovarian Cancer Awareness is very important.