Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

What is Ovarian Cancer?

What is ovarian cancer? Simply, is a cancer of the ovaries. The ovaries are made up of 3 main kinds of cells. Each type of cell can develop into a different type of tumor.
Every woman is born with two ovaries that are on each side of her uterus. Even though ovaries are small in size (almond for scale), they are quite amazing with their reproductive functions.

Ovaries have two main reproductive functions: producing eggs for fertilization and produce hormones, such as, estrogen and progesterone. Read More

Types of Ovarian Cancer:

  • Epithelial Tumors
    Cells that cover the outer surface of the ovaries. Most common type.
  • Germ Cell Tumors
    Cells that are destined to form eggs.
  • Primary Peritoneal Carcinoma
    Cells that release hormones & connect the different structures of the ovaries.

Common Symptoms:

Some symptoms may be caused by other issues so it is highly recommended to speak to one of our OB/GYN specialists with your concerns.
  • Vaginal Bleeding
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Pain or pressure below stomach
  • Back Pain
  • Urgency to use the restroom
  • Diarrhea or constipation

GYN Emergent Care Center:

If you need immediate care, our GYN Emergent Care Center is open 24/7 and specializes in gynecological and early pregnancy emergencies.

GYN Emergent Care Center
3711 Long Beach Blvd #101B
Long Beach, CA 90807

5 Facts to know about Ovarian Cancer:

from OvarianCancerDay.org

FACT 1: All women are at risk of Ovarian Cancer.
Ovarian cancer is diagnosed annually in nearly a quarter of a million women globally, and is responsible for 140,000 deaths each year.

FACT 2: Awareness of the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer may enable women to receive an earlier diagnosis, when the disease is more easily treatable.
If a woman experiences one or more of the following symptoms frequently, it is important that she discuss them with her doctor.

• Increased abdominal size / persistent bloating (not bloating that comes and goes)
• Difficulty eating/feeling full quickly
• Abdominal or pelvic pain
• Needing to pass urine more urgently or more frequently

FACT 3: Diagnosis at an early stage vastly improves a woman’s chance of survival.
When Ovarian Cancer is detected at an early stage, when the cancer remains confined to the ovary, up to 90% of women are likely to survive for more than five years.

FACT 4: Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed at a late stage.
Ovarian Cancer is frequently diagnosed when the cancer is already at an advanced stage and women often delay seeking help. This may be because the woman thinks her symptoms are due to ‘the time of the month’, ‘menopause’, ‘something I ate’ or confused with other common stomach and digestive complaints.

FACT 5: Many women mistakenly believe a cervical smear test (or Pap Test) will detect Ovarian Cancer.
It does not. A pap test detects pre-cancerous changes to cells of the cervix, which is treated much more successfully than Ovarian Cancer.

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