Ovarian cancer is the second most common cancer of the female reproductive tract—about one in 57 women in the US will develop this cancer. Most women with this cancer are over 50. Thanks to new clinical studies and more effective treatments, much progress is being made in treating this cancer.
- Family or personal history of cancer
- Child bearing
- Certain drugs such as fertility drugs or hormone replacement therapy
The sooner ovarian cancer is detected, the better your chance for recovery. Many times there are no or mild symptoms, which is why you should get regular exams. Symptoms include:
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
- Abdominal swelling
- Difficulty eating and/or feeling full very quickly
- Urinary urgency/frequency
If you have these symptoms almost daily for more than 2-3 weeks you should see your gynecologist or other doctor.
Diagnosis and treatment
To accurately diagnosis ovarian cancer, you may need:
- Pelvic exam
- CT scan
- CA 125 blood test
Treatment for ovarian cancer depends on many factors, but surgery combined with chemotherapy is the most common method of treatment. There are clinical trials underway today to discover new ways to treat this cancer. Talk with your physician to see what's best for you.
Learn more about ovarian cancer here.