Get the Facts on Ovarian Cancer
There are certain cancers that women need to be aware of. Beyond breast cancer and cervical cancer, females should be educated on the facts of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest cancers, not because it is difficult to treat, but because it is often not found until the cancer is in the advanced stages (stage III or IV). What do you know about ovarian cancer? Here are some things you should put on your radar as you age:
Did You Know?
- The Pap test does not detect ovarian cancer
- 1 in 75 women will develop ovarian cancer in her lifetime
- Ovarian cancer has a 90% 5-year survival rate when detected and treated at early stages
- Early stage ovarian cancer can be silent and difficult to detect
What Diagnostic Tests Can Be Done for Ovarian Cancer?
Pelvic exams are typically not enough to detect ovarian cancer, unless the ovary is especially enlarged. As we learned above, pap tests are also not considered a diagnostic tool for ovarian cancer. Therefore, if you are at high risk or have symptoms of ovarian cancer, your physician may order a transvaginal sonography (ultrasound) or CA-125 labs (blood test) to confirm the disease.
What are the Signs and Symptoms?
Equipping yourself with the knowledge of ovarian cancer symptoms can make a profound impact in whether or not you are diagnosed and treated at an early stage. Know and listen to your body. The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) lists the following as the four primary symptoms of ovarian cancer:
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
- Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
- Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often
At North Pointe OB/GYN Associates, we are equipped to diagnose and treat ovarian cancer. We always take a proactive approach with women’s cancers. To learn your specific risk factor for ovarian cancer, schedule your consult with us today.