Ovarian Cancer

Approximately 90% of ovarian cancers are cancers that develop from the outer surface of the ovary. These are most common in the 60-65 age group. Cancers that develop from reproductive cells and other cells in the ovary are seen at earlier ages, even in childhood and teenage girls.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF OVARIAN CANCER?
In ovarian cancer, unlike cervical cancer and cancer of the inner lining of the uterus, early symptoms are very few. The most common symptoms are loss of appetite, indigestion, bloating, tenderness in the lower abdomen, feeling of pressure, pain, pain during sexual intercourse, frequent urination and constipation.

WHICH PATIENTS ARE IN THE RISK GROUP FOR OVARIAN CANCER?
• Unmarried women
• Women who have never given birth or who have given little birth, and women who have not breastfed.
• Women who consume large amounts of animal fat, whole milk and high-calorie diets
• Women who apply talcum powder to the genital area for hygiene purposes and women who work in asbestos-related jobs.
• Women with a family history of breast, uterine lining and ovarian cancer

WHAT CAN BE DONE FOR EARLY DIAGNOSIS OF OVARIAN CANCER?
Among female cancers, ovarian cancer is the most difficult to diagnose early. The possibility of early detection of ovarian cancer may be increased by vaginal ultrasonography, Doppler analysis and some tumor markers (eg CA 125) blood tests together with a gynecological examination once a year.

REMEMBER
If there are symptoms suggestive of vaginal infection, it is extremely important that the diagnosis is made by a specialist physician and appropriate treatment is planned. Fungal infections are not the most common vaginal infections and are often seen together with other infections.

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