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Ovarian Cancer – Raise Your Voice for Her
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Ovarian cancer is the seventh most common type of cancer and every woman in the world is at the risk of developing it. It develops from the cells present in and around the ovaries and the fallopian tubes. September is going to be the Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and we all need to understand the threat that the disease carries.
So, let just say that life isn’t that simple as it looks and with all the happiness, comes a problem too. But the question is how big?
It’s the seventh most common cancer and the eighth most common cause of death among women.
About Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian cancer refers to an unwanted, uncontrolled and rapid growth of cancerous cells near the ovary and its associated cells and tissues. The symptoms can only be depicted in the later stages because the early stages depict few or no symptoms at all.
Symptoms to notice
The early detection though can make the situation more treatable than the later ones and the chances of surviving more than five years gets doubled. Abdominal bloating, pain, and frequent and urgent urination are sometimes considered symptoms of the ovarian cancer.
Change in bowel movements, indigestion, heart burn, and frequent weight loss can also be taken as symptoms. These symptoms are a bit deceiving and can be taken for something else too.
Note: You need to see your doctor if you suffer from vaginal bleeding other than being on your periods.
Types of Ovarian Cancer
- Epithelial Ovarian Cancer (EOC)
It is the most common form of cancer affecting women where the growth starts on the outer layer of the ovary.
- The Malignant Tumor or Cancer
It develops on the lining of the fallopian tube.
- Stromal Ovarian Cancers
This one originates from the cells that are involved in the production of progesterone and estrogen, the two most important hormones.
- Germ Cell Ovarian Cancer
It develops in the cells responsible for the production of ova and eggs known as the germ cells.
In the past, ovarian cancer was almost untreatable but with some latest advancement, we have been able to treat it to some extent. Discovery of ONX – 0801 is the latest achievement in the ongoing research. Under trial runs, the drug was used on 10 women suffering from ovarian cancer. The results were promising and the drug was able to shrink the size of the malign tumor in seven women.
What’s our duty?
We all need to understand that each and every woman is at the risk of developing ovarian cancer. It’s our foremost duty to spread the awareness about it through any means possible. We need to contribute to the research and donate to the fundraisers. We all have to make sure that we stand together. Rest can be left to the ongoing research.
Facts & Statistics
- The American Cancer Society has estimated that in 2018 in the US, close to 22,240 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer.
- The chances are that 14,070 women will die from ovarian cancer.
- Ovarian cancer is ranked fifth in cancer deaths among the women, which accounts for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.
- It mainly develops in older women above 40 or 50. The chances are very rare that someone in their young age would develop it.
- The rate at which women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer has fall in the past 20 years.
- It’s the 18th most common cancer worldwide.
- There were close to 300,000 new cases in the year 2018 alone.
It’s not just her fight alone and you need to be there for her. She needs you!