Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. Women’s health is delicate and should be taken very seriously. Please use this guide to learn more about ovarian cancer cause, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
As with most cancers the direct cause is not known, however there are several identified risk factors. Woman who are of an older age, have a family history of ovarian cancer, or undergone estrogen hormone replacement therapy; are more at risk for developing ovarian cancer. There are 3 main types of ovarian cancer:
In early development of ovarian cancer, a patient rarely suffers from symptoms. As the cancer progresses more symptoms become evident but can resemble the symptoms of many other conditions. Some of these symptoms include:
There are a range of procedures and tests that are used to diagnose ovarian cancer:
After diagnosis and proper assignment of cancer stage is necessary to move forward with treatment. Course of treatment will depend on cancer stage, overall health of the patient and other factors. The most common treatment is surgery to remove the affected ovary or ovaries. Chemotherapy and targeted therapy may be needed in addition to or in lieu of surgery.
For more information on ovarian cancer, please visit www.cancer.org