Your ovaries are amazing glands that compose a part of your female reproductive system. Your ovaries are about the size and shape of an almond. They are situated just above your fallopian tubes.
There is one ovary that is located on each side of your uterus. Each month during what is referred to as ovulation, either your left or right ovary makes one single mature egg for fertilization.
Cancer of the ovaries begins in your ovaries. Cancer is designated by where it originates in your body. No matter where it may metastasize (spread) in your body, it is named by where it started.
Cancer of the ovaries is cancer that only a woman can get. This is due to the fact that ovaries are exclusively a part of your female reproductive system.
Cancer of the ovaries is the 5th leading cause of cancer death in women. It is the 8th most common cancer in women. Cancer of the ovaries accounts for about 3% of all cancers in women. Your chance of getting this disease in your lifetime is about 1 in 71.
Cancer of the ovaries used to be known as a “silent killer”. This is because, like many other cancers, it was not believed that cancer of the ovaries caused any signs or symptoms until it had reached an advanced stage and spread to other parts of your body. Recently, however, new evidence has shown that most women have signs and symptoms even in the early stages of cancer of the ovaries.
The problem is that the signs and symptoms of cancer of the ovaries are nonspecific and similar to other more common disorders. Because of this, a woman may be misdiagnosed with things like irritable bowel syndrome, stress or depression.
The thing that may indicate cancer of the ovaries is when the signs and symptoms gradually get worse over time and are persistent, instead of coming and going. Some of these signs and symptoms include:
Changes in urinary habits, such as frequent urination
Unexplained back pain that gets worse over time
Pelvic pain or discomfort
Abdominal pressure, fullness, bloating or swelling
Any unexplained change in your bowel habits like constipation
Nausea and vomiting
Lack of appetite
Urgency in urinating
Gas, indigestion or nausea that is persistent
Unintentional weight gain or loss.
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