Fitango Education          Health Topics                      Ovarian Cancerhttp://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=19
Overview   Ovarian cancer usually happens in women over   age 50, but it can also affect younger women. Its   cause is unk...
Overview   The sooner ovarian cancer is found and   treated, the better your chance for recovery. But   ovarian cancer is ...
Symptoms   -- Heavy feeling in pelvis   -- Pain in lower abdomen   -- Bleeding from the vagina   -- Weight gain or loss   ...
Symptoms   -- Unexplained back pain that gets worse   -- Gas, nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetitehttp://www.fitango.com/...
Diagnosis   The diagnosis of ovarian cancer is usually made   after a careful history and physical examination are   done....
Treatment   The treatment of ovarian cancer depends on the   stage of the cancer and the general health of the   patient. ...
Causes   The cause of ovarian cancer is still unknown. It   usually shows up in women over the age of   35, with most affe...
Causes   The following factors have been found to slightly   increase the risk of ovarian cancer:   -- First period at a y...
Causes   Similarly the following factors have been found to   decrease the risks of ovarian cancer:   -- Use of birth cont...
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Ovarian cancer usually happens in women over age 50, but it can also affect younger women. Its cause is unknown. Ovarian cancer is hard to detect early.


The sooner ovarian cancer is found and treated, the better your chance for recovery. But ovarian cancer is hard to detect early. Many times, women with ovarian cancer have no symptoms or just mild symptoms until the disease is in an advanced stage and hard to treat.

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  1. 1. Fitango Education Health Topics Ovarian Cancerhttp://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=19
  2. 2. Overview Ovarian cancer usually happens in women over age 50, but it can also affect younger women. Its cause is unknown. Ovarian cancer is hard to detect early.http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=19 1
  3. 3. Overview The sooner ovarian cancer is found and treated, the better your chance for recovery. But ovarian cancer is hard to detect early. Many times, women with ovarian cancer have no symptoms or just mild symptoms until the disease is in an advanced stage and hard to treat.http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=19 2
  4. 4. Symptoms -- Heavy feeling in pelvis -- Pain in lower abdomen -- Bleeding from the vagina -- Weight gain or loss -- Abnormal periodshttp://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=19 3
  5. 5. Symptoms -- Unexplained back pain that gets worse -- Gas, nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetitehttp://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=19 4
  6. 6. Diagnosis The diagnosis of ovarian cancer is usually made after a careful history and physical examination are done. In making a diagnosis, radiological tests, CAT scans, and ultrasounds of the abdomen are performed. Other radiological tests may be done to try to determine if the cancer has spread to the lungs. Radiological tests may also show whether the tumor has caused an obstruction of the intestines or urinary system.http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=19 5
  7. 7. Treatment The treatment of ovarian cancer depends on the stage of the cancer and the general health of the patient. Surgery is usually necessary to remove the cancer. During surgery, all the female reproductive organs, except for the vagina, may be taken out to try to ensure that no cancer is left behind. This operation is known as total abdominal hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo- oophorectomy. During surgery, the surgeon may take out the lymph nodes as well as the momentum, a layer of fatty tissue thahttp://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=19 6
  8. 8. Causes The cause of ovarian cancer is still unknown. It usually shows up in women over the age of 35, with most affected women being above the age of 50. Ovarian cancer is more common in Caucasian women. Women with any family members who have had ovarian, breast or colon cancer are at a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer. Women who had breast or colon cancer are more likely to have ovarian cancer.http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=19 7
  9. 9. Causes The following factors have been found to slightly increase the risk of ovarian cancer: -- First period at a young age -- Later than average menopause -- Use of fertility drugs -- No drugshttp://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=19 8
  10. 10. Causes Similarly the following factors have been found to decrease the risks of ovarian cancer: -- Use of birth control pills -- Having children -- Breast feedinghttp://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=19 9
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