Ovarian Cancer: Shock to Most Women!
March 1st to 31st is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Each year around 7 000 women in the UK are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Currently it is the sixth most common cancer in women and the worst in grading as most cases are diagnosed at the advanced stage in the UK. 1 in every 5 women with ovarian cancer are too ill to treat by the time they are diagnosed.
Today I am helping to raise awareness about this type of cancer and share some information that could save a woman’s life.
Epithelial ovarian cancer is considered the most common and most dangerous form of cancer. It can arise in the lining of the ovary, fallopian tubes or the peritoneum. Other forms of cancer initiate from the cells in and around the ovary.
Ovarian cancer is usually a sporadic disease, but around 15 – 20% of cases are inherited. Genes that increase the risk factor for ovarian cancer development are BRCA1 or BRCA2. These mutated genes can be inherited from both sides of the family. There are also other genes whose mutation can be linked to ovarian cancer, but these are rare.
Very few women know the symptoms of ovarian cancer. In most cases, those who notice these symptoms tend to ignore them for years until it reaches its advanced stage. Late diagnosis makes it harder to treat and the chances of survival decrease. Early diagnosis saves lives, but right now there are unacceptable delays. Late diagnoses result in high rate death that could be prevented.
This article is aimed at raising awareness for this disease as very few women know its signs and symptoms. Join me in raising much needed awareness during this month by tagging your friends, sharing this article and use hashtags: #MakeTimeforTea & #ovariancancerawarenessmonth #OCAM #onemillion5ps.
Ovarian Cancer Symptoms:
Ovarian cancer is often undiagnosed until late stages because its symptoms are often similar to IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) or PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome). People get used to many symptoms related to IBS and PMS and some consider them normal which unfortunately is not always the case.
At the early stage, none or very little symptoms can be experiences, that is why we should all get yearly ultrasound scans and blood tests done.
As mentioned previously, the diagnosis of ovarian cancer is usually considered advanced when the disease has spread. Let’s have a look at the most common signs and symptoms one can experience:
- Nausea after eating.
- Passing urine more frequently.
- Pain during sexual intercourse.
- Ongoing abdominal and pelvic pain.
- Unexpected change in bowel movements.
- Lack of appetite and feeling satiated quickly.
- Persistent bloating and increased abdominal size.
Awareness campaigns like this article have the power to save lives. Make sure you play your part in this too 🙂
Book your MOT:
Prevention is better than cure. Taking responsibility for your health is a must nowadays. Book yourself the following tests:
- Ultrasound of the abdominal organs including the reproductive organs and breasts.
- Blood test for oncology marker CA125 and general overview of the biochemistry which should include vitamin D, B12, Omega 3/6, Cholesterol, Liver markers and full Iron profile.
Being diagnosed with ovarian cancer is often a shock to most women and it is not only life threatening, but also the orthodox treatment is quite invasive and brings along many complications. Partial or complete surgery called hysterectomy, removal of a part of the bowel, stoma, early menopause, HRT, chemo therapy, infertility, hot flashes, sweats and hot waves, anxiety, irritability, post-surgical remission and many more.
To avoid all this and to reduce risk of ovarian cancer one must do a yearly checkup and practice anticancerous protocols and lifestyle, especially if cancer runs in the family.
If you been affected by ovarian cancer and you would like a personalised holistic health approach, book your nutritional consultation today with Nadiya Clinical Nutritionist in Tunbridge Wells, Rusthall, London and online.