What is Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths in women, the leading cause of death from gynecological malignancy, and the second most commonly diagnosed gynecologic malignancy.
What are the Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer
Vague digestive disturbances, such as mild indigestion, bloating, feeling of fullness, or loss of appetite. Diarrhoea, constipation, or increased urination. Pain or swelling in the abdomen, or pain in the lower back. Vaginal bleeding between menstrual periods or after menopause. Symptoms of advanced ovarian cancer include severe nausea, vomiting, pain, and weight loss.
What are the Causes of Ovarian Cancer
It is reported, that most women who suffer from ovarian cancer have no family history of the disease, yet a woman is more susceptible to the disease if her mother or sister has had ovarian, breast, or uterine cancer. Other factors which may increase a womanâ€™s vulnerability to the disease are: not having any or many children, delaying having children until the thirties or over, having trouble conceiving. A diet of saturated fats – these foods contain oestrogen which allows ovarian cancers to grow faster. Women who have several children, who breast-feed their infants, or who use birth-control pills are at less of a risk. This may be because these women ovulate less frequently.
Traditional Medical Treatments for Ovarian Cancer
Surgery is usually the treatment given for ovarian cancer. Normally, the two ovaries and the other reproductive organs are removed. If the woman is young and has only a small tumour in one ovary, she may have just the diseased ovary removed. The second can be removed later to prevent recurrence. In many patients, cancer remains after surgery. Most patients receive chemotherapy then, which can prolong survival and may result in cure. Once remission occurs, follow-up examinations are essential.
Complementary/Alternative Treatments for Ovarian Cancer
Creating a healthy immune system is vitally important for all people with cancer. Get plenty of regular exercise, enough sleep, and essential vitamins and minerals by eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Cut down on dairy products, meats, and other high-fat foods. Various herbs with demonstrated immune-enhancing properties may complement standard treatment, but check with your doctor before using them. Antioxidants have been touted as a possible prevention aid for cancer.