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Asymptomatic Ovarian Cancer Explained By Experts On World Ovarian Cancer Day 2023



Asymptomatic Ovarian Cancer Explained By Experts On World Ovarian Cancer Day 2023

(CTN News) – Women are at risk of ovarian cancer because it originates in the ovaries. A number of women with ovarian cancer experience no symptoms at all.

There are more deaths associated with this cancer than with any other gynaecological cancer in India, after breast and cervical cancer.

A lack of symptoms during the early stages of ovarian cancer makes it difficult to diagnose it promptly, resulting in late-stage detection and reduced treatment effectiveness, ultimately resulting in lower survival rates.

In order to address the challenges and burden associated with early detection, we need to increase awareness among women and improve access to health care.

Ovarian cancer in many women doesn’t cause any symptoms

1. Small tumours may go unnoticed until they become large or spread because of the ovaries’ hidden location deep within the pelvis

2. The symptoms of cancer can be mistaken for symptoms of other conditions due to its ability to spread to adjacent pelvic organs, including the bladder or rectum.

3. A variety of causes can cause abdominal bloating, pelvic pain, and other nonspecific symptoms associated with ovarian cancer.

4. Variations in subtypes of cancer: Germ cell tumors and stromal tumors may remain asymptomatic for some time before becoming noticeable

Ovarian cancer screening is important

In order to detect ovarian cancer early and manage it effectively, regular check-ups are crucial.

A gynecological check-up and pelvic examinations, especially for women who are at a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer, are vital tools to help identify the disease before symptoms manifest, given the difficulty associated with diagnosing cancer in its early stages.

Several screening tests can be used to detect ovarian cancer, including rectovaginal pelvic exams and CA-125 blood tests. In order to understand the cause of unexplained symptoms or signs, these tests help.

Transvaginal ultrasounds are also capable of detecting abnormalities that require further investigation. In women with inherited risks such as BRCA 1, BRCA 2, or mismatch repair gene mutations, screening is recommended.

The risk of developing cancer is higher for women whose families have been affected by breast, ovarian, or colorectal cancer, those with endometriosis, cancer, or genetic mutations such as BRCA1 or BRCA2. Obesity, smoking, and hormone therapy use are also associated with cancer.

Consult your doctor regularly if you fall into these categories and discuss your risks with them. Check-ups enable early detection of cancer, enable close monitoring, and facilitate timely intervention and preventive measures for high-risk individuals.

Cancers of the ovary can be treated surgically, with chemotherapy, or by combining both. An individual should seek medical attention if they experience any early warning signs of cancer.

The diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer are essential, regardless of whether it is the disease.

An integrated approach to ovarian cancer detection

To detect ovarian cancer comprehensively, a combination of factors is necessary, including raising awareness among women about the risk factors and symptoms.

The nonspecific symptoms of the disease, such as abdominal bloating, pelvic pain, dyspepsia, loss of appetite, and urinary urgency or frequency, can encourage women to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

During the evaluation of patients with these symptoms, doctors need to be vigilant and consider the possibility of cancer. The management of risk factors and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can also reduce the incidence of ovarian cancer.

Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, as well as regular exercise and a balanced diet, can reduce the risk of developing cancer.

Our goal is to overcome the challenges associated with diagnosing ovarian cancer in its early stages by promoting early detection, risk reduction, and timely access to care, ultimately improving the prognosis and wellbeing of women affected by this disease.


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