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How to Detect Ovarian Cancer


My mother-in-law recently introduced me to the Dr. Oz show. In case you are not familiar with Dr. Oz, his name is Mehmet Oz and he is a, “Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University. He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books and has received several patents. He performs 250 heart operations annually.” After being featured on the Oprah Winfrey show for over five seasons he now has his own television show and radio broadcast on Sirius XM Radio’s “Oprah Radio.”

His television show covers a wide range of health topics and I learn something new from every episode. You can visit his website to look up broadcasting times and channels near you.

During a recent episode he discussed ovarian cancer. Did you know that ovarian cancer is the most deadliest form of reproductive cancer for women? I was shocked when I heard this news from the Dr. Oz show. Below I will share with you an article on this form of cancer taken from the Dr. Oz Show website.

How to Detect Ovarian Cancer
When ovarian cancer is discovered early, it has a 90% cure rate, and yet 16,000 women die from it every year, making it the deadliest reproductive system cancer for women. Why? Because 80% of women discover it too late.

Until now, doctors believed that ovarian cancer had no symptoms, but researchers have finally unlocked the secrets of early detection. Their discovery could save your life or that of someone you love.

Hiding from Detection

For organs that perform such a vital function as giving life, the ovaries are far from where doctors can easily see or feel them. So, when cells within them grow malignant — pushing into nearby organs such as the fallopian tubes, bladder, bowel, or liver — they can cause a lot of damage before they are discovered.

For years doctors have been taught that there are no early signs of ovarian cancer, so they have not been looking for it. Now, researchers have discovered that most women with ovarian cancer have some combination of 6 symptoms critical to early detection. However, these symptoms are so common that they are often missed by women and misdiagnosed by doctors. Learn this list, listen to your body, and be your own advocate when you go to the doctor.

Six Warning Signs

When cancer grows in the ovaries, they secrete hormones and other substances that increase gas in the abdominal cavity and slow the bowels down, leading to constipation and a feeling of pressure and fullness. Here are the 6 critical symptoms:

* Bloating
* Increased abdominal size
* Abdominal pain
* Pelvic pain
* Difficulty eating
* Feeling full quickly

Don’t Panic

These symptoms are common and can be associated with many different conditions, which means ovarian cancer can be difficult to catch, but it also means many people who have one or more of these symptoms do not have ovarian cancer. If they are new for you, persist for more than a few weeks, and you experience them 50% of that time, you should talk to your doctor to get screened.

What the Doctor Will Do

The first step is a general exam, which includes pelvic and rectovaginal exams during which the doctor inserts a finger into the vagina and one into the rectum to feel the ovaries where they sit behind the uterus. If the exam is normal, experts say it’s OK to wait for a few weeks to see what happens. If the symptoms continue, the next step is an ultrasound, which can be transvaginal (through the vagina) or trans-abdominal (over your stomach). Sometimes doctors will also perform a simple blood test to look for a protein in the blood that is higher in many women who have ovarian cancer. However, other conditions can cause the level to rise and some women with ovarian cancer will not have elevated levels, so the test is not definitive.

Early Detection Will Save Lives

There is no reason ovarian cancer has to claim the number of lives it does every year. It’s largely curable if caught in time. So, share this information with the women in your life, pay attention to your body, and see a doctor if you have concerns.

Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger, publisher, freelance writer, online merchant and mother of five children, living in The Pacific Northwest. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms and features several health expert writers and mom bloggers. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

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Cascia Talbert is a devout Catholic, mother of five children, health and fitness enthusiast and positive parenting supporter. She is also the founder of the award winning online health, fitness, parenting and Christian faith magazine for moms, the Healthy Moms Magazine. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, five children and one spoiled cat. Her hobbies include gardening, country music, running, and playing her flute. Check out her first book, "Taking Care of your Family's Health and Well-being, Saints to Turn to and the Catholic Faith," available exclusively on Amazon.

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9 Comments

  1. Sherri @ Luv a Bargain November 24, 2009

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us! It is invaluable information!

  2. ladyviral November 25, 2009

    This are great infromation… a normal daily happening to our body may not be thought of as a critical issue such as this… so if we were to encounter such, it is best for us to actually get a thorough check. Better be safe than sorry.

  3. Julie@Momspective November 25, 2009

    Ovarian cancer runs in my family and is the reason I just had that hysterectomy. It's so important to stay in tune with your body. If I waited any longer than I did, I may have been too late!

  4. Catherine @ The Blonde Diaries November 25, 2009

    Thanks for the article! I remember reading the statistics earlier this year about cancer and especially Ovarian cancer being very deadly. I wish there was an easy way to detect cancer but unfortunately there is not. It is good though that they are starting to find common warning signs/symptoms for us to be on the lookout for.

  5. nothingprofound November 25, 2009

    My wife just had a slight scare with this, but fortunately the tests all came up negative. It's doubly frightening, because it's so lethal and so hard to detect in advance.

  6. Ms. Latina November 25, 2009

    I find that the rush rush of life makes people ignore signs their bodies give them, which is scary.Maybe if they read it, it will cause them to take action, at least I hope they do.

    Thanks so much for this info! I plan on sending a few people this way so they can read this too!

  7. 4 Lettre Words November 26, 2009

    Great post!

    I just discovered Dr. Oz, myself.

  8. Holy November 26, 2009

    Well this was something new for me and i would surely share this with my friends as well i m sure they are not aware of this.

    r4i

  9. Dorothy December 6, 2009

    Being an Ovarian cancer survivor stage 3b this post is close to my heart.

    Thanks for spreading the word.

    Dorothy from grammology
    grammology.com