Ovarian cancer is a disease in which cancer cells are discovered in the ovaries. An ovary is small, almond-shaped organs located on both sides of the uterus that store eggs and are responsible for the production of female hormones – estrogen and progesterone.
Ovarian cancer accounts for about 3% of cancers among women but it causes more deaths than any other cancer forms of the female reproductive system.
The symptoms of ovarian cancer can be observed in initial stage, and often goes undetected till the final stage. Symptoms of ovarian cancer are usually mistaken as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) in the advanced stage.
The most common signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer may include:
- Feeling full quickly when eating
- Abdominal bloating or swelling
- Menstrual problems
- Pelvic pain
- Frequent urination
- Weight loss
If you think ovarian cancer will stop you from becoming a mother, then think twice.
36-year-old Naina Shah was detected with ovarian cancer in her early 30s; her motherhood dreams seemed unreal. She lost her ovaries but under the supervision of an oncologist and gynecologist, the doctors saved her Uterus. She had undergone an IVF treatment with egg donation and successfully gave birth to a healthy baby.
28-year-old Meghna Verma was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after her marriage. As it was Stage 1 of ovarian cancer, only one ovary got removed. She underwent an IVF treatment and gave birth to a fit baby.
If diagnosed with ovarian cancer, one should opt for egg freezing method and preserve for future pregnancy.
Warning signs of ovarian cancer should be noticed earliest possible for successful ovarian cancer treatment.
If you are facing fatigue, have regular indigestion, heartburn, and constipation as well as have back pain with menstrual irregularities or experiencing painful intercourse, it is time to visit a doctor for a preventive test.
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