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Early Detection Key to Fight Ovarian Cancer

Goo health - Ovarian cancer (ovarian) is kind of rare but highly lethal disease and can strike at any time in a woman's life.

Until now, ovarian cancer is known as the "silent killer" because it is usually not found any symptoms until it is known to have spread to other body parts. But now, researchers have found the symptoms associated with ovarian cancer that may help in early detection.Experts at Northwestern Memorial said the best protection is through prevention methods, understand the risks and identify potential signs of ovarian cancer.


"Currently, there are no reliable screening test to identify early ovarian cancer. It is important for women to get healthy, and immediately went to the doctor if there is a change in their body," said Diljeet Singh, MD, gynecologic oncologist, as well Director of the Ovarian Cancer Early Detection and Prevention Program, Northwestern Memorial Hospital.


The detection of early ovarian cancer since she was a person will improve survival for five years, which was 30 percent to more than 90 percent. But the symptoms of ovarian cancer, often similar to other conditions making it difficult to recognize.


Singh said, women should be aware of the possible early warning signs that include, abdominal bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, urinary disorders and increased abdominal size.


Singh said, if women experience some symptoms of essentials for each day for two to three weeks, it is advisable to immediately consult with a physician.


Although the symptoms are not clear, but there are factors that may develop the disease, including carrying BRCA gene mutations, there is a history of breast cancer or a family history of ovarian cancer, age above 45 and obese. In women at high risk, it is recommended to perform screening beginning at age 20 to 25 years.


According to Singh, there are several strategies to monitor women with ovarian cancer risk, among others, through physical examination, ultrasound and blood tests every six months. "The goal of this program to help women understand their risk in a more personalized while also to help develop methods of prevention and early detection," he said.


Studies show, there are ways to reduce the risk of a woman's disease. In women who use birth control pills for at least five years, three times less likely to get ovarian cancer. In addition, a permanent form of birth control such as tubal ligation is known to reduce ovarian cancer risk by 50 percent.


"Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, maintaining a normal body weight and manage stress is a way for women to help reduce the risk of ovarian cancer," he said.
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