Ovarian cancer is cancer that starts in your ovaries. Cancer is named by where it begins in your body. No matter where it may spread (metastasize) in your body, it is nearly always named by where it began.
Your ovaries are wonderful glands that are part of your female reproductive system. Your ovaries are about the shape and size of an almond. They are located right above your fallopian tubes. There is one ovary on each side of your uterus. Either your right or left ovary produces a single mature egg for fertilization each month during what is known as ovulation.
Ovarian cancer can only occur in women because ovaries are exclusively a part of your female reproductive system. It is the 8th most common cancer in women. However, ovarian cancer is the 5th leading cause of cancer death in women. It accounts for about 3% of all cancers in women. Your chance of getting ovarian cancer in your lifetime is about 1 in 71.
Ovarian cancer used to be known as a silent killer. This is because like many other cancers it was not thought to cause any signs and symptoms until it had reached an advanced stage and spread to other parts of your body. However, recently, new evidence has revealed that most women experience signs and symptoms even in the early stages of this disease.
The signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer are nonspecific and are similar to other conditions that are more common. Because of this, a woman may be misdiagnosed with things like stress, depression or irritable bowel syndrome.
The thing that may be an indication of ovarian cancer is when the signs and symptoms are persistent, instead of coming and going; and when they gradually get worse over time. Some of these signs and symptoms are:
Pelvic pain or discomfort
Any unexplained change in your bowel habits like constipation
Urgency in urinating
Indigestion, nausea or gas that is persistent
Abdominal swelling, pressure, bloating or fullness
Changes in urinary habits like frequent urination
Vomiting and nausea
Unexplained back pain that gets worse with time
Lack of appetite
Unintended weight loss or gain
You or a loved one may have ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer may be why you are disabled and in need of financial help.
You or your loved one may have applied for financial assistance from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by ovarian cancer. Were you or your loved one denied?
If you or your loved one appeals the denial by the Social Security Administration, remember this. People who are represented by a disability attorney like the one you will find at disabilitycasereview.com are approved more often than people who are not represented by a disability lawyer.
Please do not delay. Contact the disability attorney at disabilitycasereview.com, today.