NYT: Early Symptoms for Ovarian Cancer Women who have these symptoms for a few weeks--bloating, pelvic pain, difficulty eating, and frequent, urgent need to urinate--should see their doctors and be checked for ovarian cancer. This is the first official recognition that ovarian cancer does cause symptoms at early stages. Ovarian cancer is among the most deadliest cancer, with over 22,430 new cases diagnosed and more than 15,000 deaths expected this year.
Alternative Names Physiologic ovarian cysts; Functional ovarian cysts; Corpus luteum cysts; Follicular cysts Prevention If you are not trying to get pregnant and you often get functional cysts, you can prevent them by taking hormone medications (such as birth control pills), which prevent follicles from growing. References Katz VL. Benign gynecologic lesions: Vulva, vagina, cervix, uterus, oviduct, ovary. In: Katz VL, Lentz GM, Lobo RA, Gershenson DM, eds. Comprehensive Gynecology . 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2007:chap 18.
Going through menopause increases the risk of develoing certain diseases. One of those is ovarian cancer, which can be very hard to detect until it's too late.
But there's good news! Researchers out of the M.D. Anderson Center in Houston have found that a simple blood test when combined with an ultrasound exam may allow doctors to identify ovarian cancer while it is still in a treatable stage. Currently there is no reliable screening test that detects ovarian cancer. Previous screenings have not proven accurate enough to use on a regular basis since they often produce a large number of false positive results. These false positive results cause doctors to perform invasive surgeries in order to rule out cancer. This cancer is really rare. Approximately one in 2,500 American women who have gone through the menopausal transition will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. However, this type of cancer is the fourth-leading cancer killer among U.S. women. The American Cancer Society predi...
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