Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer affecting women’s health. Since ovarian cancer has non-specific symptoms, it is difficult to detect it in the early stages. However, the early detection of ovarian cancer is very crucial as you can start with early treatment.

Some women mistake ovarian cancer for cervical cancer, but both are very different. Cervical cancer develops in the cervix, and ovarian cancer develops in the ovaries. Your reproductive system has two ovaries, one on each side of your uterus. Their function is to produce eggs as well as the female hormones progesterone and estrogen. 

What is Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian cancer is when the cells are formed in your ovaries that can invade the healthy tissues in your body and destroy them, they keep multiplying and cause harm to the body. They can be treated with surgery and chemotherapy. However, the detection of ovarian cancer is very difficult because, at the early stages, it has no symptoms. And that is the reason why this cancer only gets detected in the later stages.

Symptoms that Goes Undetected

Ovarian cancer has no noticeable symptoms, the reason why it goes undetected and untreated, leading to an increase in death due to ovarian cancer. Following are the symptoms you should look out for to detect the cancer.

•    Bloating
•    Diarrhea
•    Abdominal pain
•    Weight loss
•    Constipation, or other changes in bowel movements
•    Fatigue
•    Frequent urination
•    Back pain

Now these are very basic symptoms, this could happen to anyone, but not everyone can get ovarian cancer. Often due to these non-specific symptoms ovarian cancer goes unnoticed. If you find any of these symptoms happening to you, do not take it lightly, give a call or visit your doctor.

Risks Associated with Ovarian Cancer

While ovarian cancer takes place in the ovaries, over time it can spread to the other parts of your body, and that could be very harmful. One of these factors can increase your risk of ovarian cancer. 

•    Obesity
•    Inherited Genes
•    Old Age
•    Family History of Ovarian Cancer

Treatments for Ovarian Cancer

There are various methods to treat ovarian cancer such as:

Surgery: It involves removing the parts of reproductive organs that have cancer on them.

Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill the cancerous cells in the ovaries and body. Chemotherapy can be done through the vein or pills.

Targeted Therapy: This therapy involves targeting the specific molecules that help the cancerous cells to grow and kill them.

Hormone Therapy: Some cancerous cells require hormones to grow, hormone therapy blocks these hormones and blocks the growth of cancerous cells.