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Ovarian Cancer : Causes, Symptoms, Famous Personalities (Kathy Bates) and More

Ovarian cancer develops in the ovaries, the female reproductive organs that produce the ova. It is known to be the fifth most common cancer among women and usually develops in older women. Data says about two-thirds of the deaths from ovarian cancer occur in women aged 55 and older, whereas, about 25% of ovarian cancer deaths occur in women aged 35-54.

Women with a personal or family history of breast cancer are at an increased risk to have ovarian cancer. Also, certain genes like BRCA1 and BRCA2 are accountable for some ovarian cancer cases. Women who have more children in their early lives are less likely to have this kind of cancer.

There are no definite symptom of cancer of the ovary. Bloating, difficulty in eating or feeling full quickly and pelvic or abdominal pain are some of the symptoms found in the early-stage. Among the other symptoms are abnormal menstrual circles, digestive symptoms like constipation, indigestion, nausea and vomiting, sense of pelvic heaviness, swollen abdomen, back pain, vaginal bleeding, weight gain or loss. These symptoms, however, are common even in women who do not have cancer.

Ovarian cancer can be treated with the help of surgery. Studies have shown that surgery performed by a specialist in gynecologic oncology results in a higher success rate of recovery from cancer. Ovarian cancer is rarely detected at its early stage; hence, the outcome is often not favorable.

American gossip columnist Claudia Cohen, food author Sharon Tyler Herbst, Coretta Scott King and Angelina Jolie’s mother Marcheline Bertrand succumbed to ovarian cancer. But that does not take away our hope to fight against it. Actress Kathy Bates, who is best known for her work in “Misery” for which she won an Academy Award, was detected with ovarian cancer in 2003 and is now free of cancer for more than five years. This proves that nothing is left unconquered in the world of belief; and cancer is just a disease, not our fate.

So, lets put our hands together in the fight against cancer by raising awareness of the disease. In case of ovarian cancer be cognizant of the symptoms, get preventive check ups to detect it in its early stages. To help accelerate the development of new treatments and procedures to cure Ovarain Cancer, you can consider enrolling in several clinical trials (medical research studies) that are currently active. Here is a list of 100+ ovarian cancer clinical trials.

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