Ovarian cancer, causes and symptoms

Written by: Dr. Sergio Luna Ordóñez
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Ovarian cancer is a malignant tumor that develops in the ovaries, the female reproductive organs. It is the fifth most common cancer among women and causes more deaths than other tumors of the reproductive tract. Its cause is unknown and symptoms are not very clear until the cancer is advanced.

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Ovarian cancer symptoms

The symptoms of ovarian cancer are torpid, difficult to recognize as its own entity. The specificity of these causes many times the diagnosis of the disease is already in advanced stages do. We speak of nonspecific abdominal pain, digestion disorders, dyspepsia, nausea, sometimes prone to constipation or feeling of fullness permanent

Ovarian cancer causes

The ultimate causes of ovarian cancer are not known. Yes have detected some risk factors that, in any case, are common to some other tumors:

  • Genetic basis, with the presence of certain mutations and familial aggregation around other tumors such as breast or colon
  • Childlessness
  • Obesity
  • Postmenopausal women.

In women under 40 years it is rare. Factors that protect or prevent ovarian cancer is also known. Having several children and taking birth control pills decrease the risk of CHD. The annual review with the gynecologist should be nonnegotiable and always include an ultrasound.

Ovarian cancer treatment

The treatment of ovarian cancer is fundamentally surgery. This is used to treat all stages of cancer. These surgeries are usually very complex and may involve the removal of the entire DVD or parts of the same device as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, or other parts of the abdomen. Surgery will be accompanied by chemotherapy in most cases.

Evolution of ovarian cancer

The development of ovarian, cancer survival, can be very good if two factors are met: optimal surgery and chemosensitive tumor.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Sergio Luna Ordóñez
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Moon is an expert in Gynecologic Cancer. After graduating in medicine at the University of Granada, he completed specialization in Gynaecology at the University Hospital of Salamanca. He now works at the Carlos Haya Hospital in Malaga Section of Gynecologic Oncology where he specializes in Ovarian Cancer, Cervical, Endometrial Vulva and in premalignant lesions of the uterine cervix. In private practice working on the Gutenberg Center

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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