WHY ARE OVARIAN CANCER SYMPTOMS SO SILENT?
There is the five-year relative survival rate for all types of ovarian cancer and it is fourty five percent, but this number rises to ninety two percent if the cancer is caught in stage IA or IB, just before it is spread beyond the ovary, according to the American Cancer Society. Due to the fact that ovarian cancer symptoms can be hard to recognize, around seventy percent of all cases are not caught until they've advanced to stage III or IV, when it happens that the chances for survival are much lower, says Kevin Holcomb, a director of gynecologic oncology at Weill Cornell Medicine. This cancer is not really a silent disease, Dr. Holcomb notes. A great number of women with ovarian cancer have some symptoms in the months and weeks leading up to the diagnosis but what is sad is many are vague and nonspecific. This kind of cancer whispers, therefore you have to listen closely. Opposite of the breast cancer, no tests have been developed to screen for ovarian cancer so accurately, which makes this cancer hard to be detected unless you report symptoms early yourself. If you are feeling more than one of the symptoms for a week or more than that, talk to your doctor about getting a transvaginal sonogram, pelvic examination, or a CA 125 blood test, which will help detect ovarian cancer. There follow the things OB-GYNs wish you knew about this cancer.
With this type of cancer, not only the tumors can grow pretty large, but they can also result in fluid growing around them, which in turn may cause a dramatic abdominal extension, sexplains Amanda Fader, an associate professor and director of Kelly Gynocologic Oncology Service at Johns Hopkins Medicine. In case your abdomen is growing while your face and arms are losing fat and muscle, it most probably is not just weight gain. So, ensure you ignore these myths about ovarian cancer.
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