World Ovarian Cancer Day – Awareness & Beyond

World Ovarian Cancer Day – Awareness & Beyond

What is World Ovarian Cancer Day? And Why Should You Care?

World Ovarian Cancer Day is a day where people from all around the world unite to raise awareness about ovarian cancer, its symptoms, risk factors and methods of prevention.

It is one day of the year where we can come together and fight this crippling and deadly disease.

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So what is ovarian cancer? What are its symptoms and risk factors? And what can we do to prevent it? Read more here to find out.

Ovarian Cancer – Definition:

Ovarian cancer is cancer arising from cells either in or around the ovaries and/or the fallopian tubes. There are different types of ovarian tumors. Each type is classified by the type of tissue or cells they originate from.

Statistically speaking, every women in the world is at risk of developing this type of cancer and it’s the 8th most common cause of death among women worldwide.

Symptoms:

The most common symptoms of ovarian cancer are:

  • Persistent bloating
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Pain in pelvic and/or abdominal areas
  • Changes in urinary urgency or frequency

Other less common symptoms include:

  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Abnormal spotting/bleeding
  • Extreme exhaustion/fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss

Risk Factors:

Some women are more at risk to develop ovarian cancer used on the following factors:

  • Age: The risk of ovarian cancer increases as women get older. It is more common to develop this type of cancer in women aged 50-79. However, even younger women can get it as well.
  • Family history: You are at higher risk of developing ovarian cancer if if your family has a history of breast, ovarian, colorectal or endometrial cancer.
  • Ethnicity: Jewish women from Eastern European backgrounds have a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer.
  • Genetic mutations:  Having certain genetic mutations associated with ovarian cancer puts you at higher risk of developing it.
  • Reproductive history: Women who have not delivered children are at a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer.
  • Hormone replacement: You maybe more at risk if you have taken any hormone replacements.
  • Endometriosis: You may be at a higher risk if you have a history of a condition called endometriosis.

Reducing Risk & Prevention:

Below are some factors that can help reduce the risk of ovarian cancer. However, please keep in mind that although these factors can help lower the risk, they are associated with certain side effects and will not completely prevent this disease.

  • Hysterectomy or Having your tubes tied: Having your Fallopian tubes and ovaries removed or tied is one way to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer.
  • Pregnancy & breastfeeding: Both pregnancy and breast-feeding increase the number of ovulatory cycles. This in turn reduces the chances of developing ovarian cancer.
  • Contraceptive pills: Combined contraceptive pills can help reduce the risk of ovarian cancer if used for 5 or more years.

Facts Every Woman Should Know:

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Special thanks to The Ovarian Cancer Day Organization for the information they have made readily available for all!



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