Bravery for Ovary
It's time to ovary-act
OVARIAN CANCER IS THE SEVENTH MOST COMMON CANCER IN THE WORLD
Yet, theres little to no awareness about it. This deadly cancer accounts for the fifth most number of deaths amongst all cancers affecting women. After cervical and breast cancers, it is one of the most common types of cancer that affects women. The ovaries are the female reproductive organs that produce eggs and keep women fertile. Ovarian cancer is caused due to the abnormal cell multiplication which goes on to form a cancerous tumor.
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. In an effort to spread awareness, we are celebrating Ovarian Cancer Month this September. We're going to tell you all that we know about this, so you can be aware of what and how this affects a woman.
what are the symptoms?
Ovarian Cancer is one of the stealthiest cancers, with no test for early detection and symptoms that are easy to miss. Most women are not aware of their bodies and how they can be proactive about their health.
Ovarian Cancer gets ignored in its early stages because the symptoms are so similar to less serious problems that women face such as indigestion and bloating.
what Could cause ovarian cancer?
While the exact causes of ovarian cancer are unknown, there could be multiple reasons why one can get affected by this. It is important to be aware of any risk factors on Ovarian Cancer. Some well known risk factors are:
Ovarian Cancer is in your family history
Having a history of cancer, personally. It could be anything from Breast, colon to Uterine cancer
Obesity is a risk factor too
The use of certain fertility drugs or hormone therapies
Endometriosis - a disorder in which tissue similar to the tissue that forms the lining of your uterus grows outside of your uterine cavity
Genetic mutations of genes associated with ovarian cancer, such as BRCA1 or BRCA2
Why early detection is important?
Since ovarian cancer has symptoms that are vague and easy to dismiss, it is often overlooked. Only about 20% of Ovarian Cancer is detected at the early stages.
It is at the earliest stages that the cancer can be contained a lot more effectively. Regular pelvic examinations, ultrasounds and visits to the gynaecologist are some ways you can be ahead of this disease and get a hold of it in your earliest stages.
But the most impactful way to protect yourself and prevent Ovarian Cancer is to become self-aware - and take an ovary action. Knowing your risk factors, like family history, physical features, and daily habits is the first step.
So while scientists research advanced methods to detect and battle this cancer early, you take a trip to your doctor and get your self checked regularly.
Some NGOs like Shashakt and India Teal Warriors are doing great work in spreading awareness about ovarian Cancer. You can check them out to know more about Ovarian Cancer.