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Ovarian Cancer: The Silent Killer

Ovarian cancer is often dubbed “The Silent Killer” because it typically goes undetected until it has progressed into later stages.  Sadly, only 19% of ovarian cancers are detected in the early stages according to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.  The signs and symptoms of this silent killer are often described as being vague and therefore dismissed as a mild discomfort or an annoying illness.  As a result, this cancer is typically detected by healthcare providers in the later stages when women are usually experiencing more severe symptoms and the condition is dire.

 

While the symptoms of ovarian cancer may be vague, it is important to know what they are.  More importantly, it is important to note that the persistent occurrence of these symptoms is more of a key indicator of the condition.  As a general rule, if a woman experiences some of the following symptoms for more than 2 weeks, she should contact her healthcare provider:

  • Bloating, upset stomach or heartburn
  • Pelvic/abdominal pain
  • Back pain
  • Menstrual changes, frequent urination or constipation
  • Pain during sex

While family genetics does play a role in ovarian cancer, only 5-10% of ovarian cancers have a genetic link.  Therefore, all women should be aware of the symptoms and have an annual pelvic exam as part of their personal healthcare plan.  Ovarian Cancer is detected after a woman experiences the above symptoms on a persistent basis and a healthcare provider begins to notice a change in the size of the ovary through a rectovaginal pelvic exam.  If ovarian change is suspected, a transvaginal sonogram or a blood test called a CA-125 may be ordered.  However, it is important to note that the “Pap Test” does not detect ovarian cancer.  Pap tests detect the early stages of cervical cancer.

 

For over 40 years, Lebanon Family Health has been helping women to take control over their personal healthcare with affordable access to annual pelvic exams and pap test screenings.    We offer free and low cost services based on income and accept some insurance plans.  Making an annual well-woman exam is something all women can do to take control of her personal health.  Call 273-6741 to schedule an appointment or visit our web site at www.lebanonfamilyhealth.org.

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