| Monday, January 24, 2005
| KNOW OVARIAN CANCER....WARNING SIGNS
|OVARIAN CANCER IS CALLED "SILENT KILLER"
because it often strikes with little warning.
There is a 'cluster of symptoms', according to a
recent study in the Journal of American Medical
Association(june 09,2004). It's just that most
women diregard them.
Lead researchers Barbara A. Goff, Md and
Lynn S. Mandel, PhD, both from the department of
obstetrics and gynecology at the University of
Washington in Seattle, say that women should consult
their doctors, if they suffer from any of the following,
especially if the symptoms last three weeks or more:
** blotaing and increased abdominal size
** pressure to urinate
** abdominal or pelvic pain
Having one or more of these symptoms does'nt mean
you have ovarian cancer, Mandel is careful to point out,
but they should be investigated. "It could be a malignancy,
or it could be something else, -- an ovarian cyst or
endometriosis, for example," she says. "In our study,
two thirds of the patients with ovarian masses turned out
to have benign disease and not ovarian cancer."
Both Goff and Mandel stress that the key is to diagnoze
ovarian cancer in its early stages, when it's most treatable.
"Unfortunately, many women do not recognize the symptoms
and are not diagnosed until the cancer is advanced," says Mandel.
"By then the chances of curing are much lower."
(abstracted from :EXPERIENCELIFEMAG)
|posted by infraternam meam @ 1:56 PM