Ovarian Cancer: How to Detect it?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every year more than seven million people die from cancer. In women, ovarian cancer is very common. Women have two ovaries with a size similar to an almond; they are responsible for producing some hormones such as estrogen, and most importantly eggs for reproduction.
In the ovaries, tumors may form, that in most cases turn out to be benign; but in the case of these tumors are composed of malignant cells will be in the presence of ovarian cancer.
Despite thousands of studies, researchers have not yet been able to know what might be the causes of ovarian cancer.
How can we detect ovarian cancer?
Symptoms are signals that the body typically issued to know that something bad is happening. For this reason, we must be very attentive to any symptoms or signs to alert us that something is wrong in our body, so we can catch any disease and especially cancer, we know that if it is treated early, can be cured.
Most cancer rarely produces symptoms at the beginning. We thus have to be very attentive to any changes we experience in our bodies. Ovarian cancer is not different since it does not alert its presence, but some women may have different changes and some very recurrent bouts that must be taken into account.
Such discomforts may be those discussed below:
- Pressure and bloating
- Indigestion and persistent change in bowel habits
- Pain in the lower back
- Weight loss and anemia
- Frequent strength loss and nausea
- Frequent urination, constipation
- Difficulty breathing.
When should you go to the doctor?
In case you are feeling many of these symptoms – constantly – do not hesitate for a minute to run to visit your trusted doctor. He will review each of your symptoms, will send laboratory tests, ultrasound, and biopsies for a reliable diagnosis. The specialist will also consider family history and medical history.
If at the end of these tests, it is really a case of ovarian cancer, the most likely resort is surgery, which can remove all the tumor.
The most important recommendation is to be attentive to any changes or warning sign that makes you think that something is not right. If it does happen, visit as soon as the specialist. Do not let the disease progress!