What is ovarian cancer?
Ovarian cancer is a cancer that begins in the ovaries. The ovaries are the
female reproductive organs, a pair of nut shaped small organs low in the
abdomen. The ovaries are a woman’s store house of eggs that release fertile
eggs throughout a woman’s reproductive period. Ovarian cancer mainly
affects women after menopause. The warning signs and symptoms include
persistent pain or cramps in belly and back, abnormal vaginal discharge and
bleeding, bloating, weight loss and a heavy feeling in the pelvis. The
cancer, which is due to abnormal discordant growth of the cells, may spread
to other parts of the body and be fatal.
Why should you worry?
Ovaries are the third leading site of cancer in a woman following cervical
and breast cancer. The fatal disease often goes undiagnosed until it has
spread to other vital organs of the body. When diagnosed in the advanced
stages the malignant cancer has already crippled the normal physiology of a
human body and may progress rapidly to death. Hence, it is best to be aware
of the early presenting symptoms and detect it an a stage when the cure
rate is high.
What can you do?
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Reduce your chances of
developing ovrain cancer with some simple prevention tips.
- Using oral pills as contraception decreases the risk of ovarian cancer.
- Breastfeeding reduces the risk of ovarian cancer.
- Consider genetic counselling and mutation tests if you have a family
history of ovarian cancer.
- Using talcum powder in the genital area increases the risk of ovarian