Ovarian Cancer , A silent & dreadful killer disease of women

Ovarian Cancer  is one of the most dreadful diseases  seen in women now days. It is a silent killer  disease because  one cannot  identify  any symptoms  at initial stage  but will be diagnosed  at the advancement stage   where the   treatment will be  ineffective. This cancer  can affect  either one or both the ovaries.
If this cancer can be detected at initial stage , then the patients could be saved  by providing adequate medical treatments timely. But  around 75% of the cases admitted  to the  hospital  are  of advanced stage  which are   extended  to  abdominal region and thereby  making  the health conditions more vulnerable  and  incurable .
 Hence women are advised to visit hospital for gynaecological examination on regular basis . Using a pelvic or a rectal examination, the gynaecologist will check the ovaries to look for the presence of cysts or fibroids. If there are any abnormalities, an X-ray or an ultrasound would be recommended.  Laparoscopy  is performed in case of additional tests.

Latest technology for early detection of ovarian cancer

For those wondering how to test for ovarian cancer, there is a new ovarian cancer test which requires an ultrasound and a blood test. This screening test is extremely efficient and can help in the early detection of ovarian cancer. The blood test is usually ordered to check for a protein called CA 125, which is essentially a cancer protein. This protein is usually present in the blood of a woman who has ovarian cancer. The new test for ovarian cancer can also help evaluate the growth of the tumour. Though these tests are widely used, neither the ultrasound nor the blood tests have proven to be the most reliable tests for detecting cancerous growths in the ovaries. Sometimes, the blood tests may show the presence of CA 125 even if the woman doesn’t have any cancers in the body. Endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and pelvic infections can also cause the blood report to show positive for cancer. Regular  gynaecological examinations remain one of the best ways to ensure early detection of the disease.

Source: www.medicalhealthtests.com



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