Ovarian cancer or, as it is called, the silent killer, is a disease in which symptoms can hardly be noticed. And when they appear, they are usually digestive symptoms. Therefore, you must go to your doctor for periodic checks. A simple transvaginal ultrasound can save your life.
Specifically, the patient may experience abdominal pain, persistent pelvic pain. Or it may have the impression it's ballooning. You may also have the impression that you have made a cure because you have a urgent urge to urinate. There are also back pain and persistent fatigue that can be found in most cancers.
Therefore, the patient often thinks he has digestive problems. Either an irritable bowel syndrome, or a gastritis or even ulcer. As a result, the woman reaches the gastroenterologist specialist instead of going to the gynecologist.
Statistical data shows that this disease occurs especially after the age of 50 years. Unfortunately, it also occurs in young women. Every year, more than 250,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer worldwide. And in the coming years, it is estimated that the number of patients will increase a lot.
Unfortunately, the survival rate for ovarian cancer is the lowest of all gynecological cancers.
Among the risk factors are smoking, obesity, early or late menstruation. But family history also has an important role to play. More specifically, doctors say, 20% of women with grade I relatives diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancers are prone to ovarian cancer. And polycystic ovary syndrome increases the risk of ovarian cancer due to the secretion of testosterone hormones.
There is also good news: if diagnosed in time, this cancer is healed in proportions of over 90% of oncologists. All you have to remember is: go to the doctor for regular checks. A simple transvaginal ultrasound can save your life. And you have to do it annually, not more often.