Navigation Links
Pelvic Exams Can Help Spot Ovarian Cancer
Date:9/22/2007

Contrary to common belief, persistent symptoms can give warning, experts say

SATURDAY, Sept. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Ovarian cancer, the "silent killer," may not always be so silent, experts say.

That's why women need to get regular pelvic exams and pay attention to possible symptoms of ovarian cancer, according to a team of University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center experts who are trying to increase awareness about the disease.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in the United States.

Until recently, it was believed that ovarian cancer did not produce any symptoms in its earliest, most curable stages. But researchers recently reported a group of symptoms that may indicate ovarian cancer.

The symptoms are: bloating; pelvic or abdominal pain; difficulty eating or feeling full quickly; and problems with urgency or frequency of urination. These symptoms are persistent and represent a change from a woman's normal health.

Women who experience these symptoms almost daily for more than a few weeks should see their gynecologist, the cancer center experts said.

"You can explain away these symptoms to yourself. But the only way to be sure it's nothing is to go get a pelvic exam," Dr. Rebecca Liu, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the U-M Medical School and a gynecologic oncologist at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, said in a prepared statement.

An annual pelvic exam in a must, especially among older women, who are at increased risk for ovarian cancer.

Survival rates are much higher when ovarian cancer is diagnosed at an earlier stage. Five years after diagnosis, 95 percent of women with stage I ovarian cancer (the earliest stage) are still alive, compared with 30 percent of women with stage III or IV cancer. Currently, about 70 percent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are at an advanced stage of the disease.

More than 22,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year, and more than 15,000 will die from the disease.

More information

The American Cancer Society has more about ovarian cancer.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: University of Michigan, news release, Sept. 10, 2007


'/>"/>
Copyright©2007 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Strong Pelvic Muscles Found To Facilitate Childbirth
2. Relieving Pelvic Pain In Pregnant Women
3. Women may not seek help for pelvic floor disorders
4. Radiation Risk of Pelvic Fracture in Elderly Women
5. Clinical Impact of Activity and Abdominal Pressure on Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Need to Be Further Analyzed
6. Pregnancy and Mode of Delivery May Be A Cause For Pelvic Floor Disorders
7. Pelvic Exams without Stirrups May Improve Women’s Healt
8. Botox for That Pelvic Pain Which wont go Away
9. How to Cope With Side Effects from Pelvic Radiotherapy
10. Besides keeping you awake for exams coffee boosts memory as well!
11. Want to memorise better for the exams: stay hungry!!!
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/5/2016)... , ... May 05, 2016 , ... ... to offer patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (A-Fib) an alternative to long-term warfarin ... first offering the procedure in April of 2015, Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... , ... May 05, 2016 ... ... hands-on exercises, the Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists , led by ... of key business and economic issues.  This one-day program at the Wharton ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... An essential tool for ... and certain Canadian provinces is now available from the International Association of Industrial ... , The report, Workers’ Compensation Laws as of January 1, 2016, ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... 05, 2016 , ... Tim Dieter has announced the latest ... Dubuque, IA. The current campaign fundraises for Veteran’s Freedom Center on behalf of ... Freedom Center may now be made here: http://www.veteransfreedomcenter.com/donate/ . , Veteran’s Freedom ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... , ... May 05, 2016 , ... Dr. Benjamin Stong ... non-surgical hair loss treatment. Dr. Stong is double board certified and the only ... for the treatment of hair loss. Non-surgical therapies such as stem cells can be ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/5/2016)... 2016 Progra m m e ... of Oxitec , s mosquito in Cayman ... by 96 %   Oxitec and the ... fight wild Aedes aegypti, the dangerous mosquito that spreads dengue, Zika ... Grand Cayman .  MRCU, a global leader in mosquito control, ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... May 5, 2016 ... addition of the  "Europe Thrombocytopenia Market ...  report to their offering.  ... , ,The latest research Europe Thrombocytopenia ... 2016, provides comprehensive insights into Thrombocytopenia ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... 4, 2016  It,s time for an upgrade. There are many medical recorders on ... inch LCD, the illustrious DVMAXX HD  offers unparalleled connectivity and functionality.  Ampronix  is ... world class manufacturer of innovative technology.  Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160503/363416 ... ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: