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Ovarian Cancer Debunking Myths, Ovarian Cancer Symptoms by Dr Timothy Lim, Singapore Cancer Society
Myth about Ovarian Cancer: There are no risk factors for ovarian cancer.
Family history is the biggest risk factor for ovarian cancer, says Dr. Chi; however, people with a family history of the disease make up only 10 to 15 percent of those diagnosed. It is important to maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise to reduce the risk of several other cancers and many other health problems, but unfortunately, those behaviors have no bearing on ovarian cancer risk.
Myth: Ovarian cancer has specific symptoms.
There is no one particular sign or symptom of early-stage ovarian cancer. The disease causes a fallopian tube or ovary to enlarge, according to Dr. Chi, which a woman won’t feel unless it twists and causes pain, or spreads and creates cancerous fluid in the belly. This fluid causes women to gain weight in their belly, even if they’re dieting and exercising. Ovarian cancer can also cause vague gastrointestinal symptoms, such as frequent bowel movements, constipation, or pelvic pressure. “It’s so nonspecific,” he points out. “Everyone experiences those things sometimes.”
Its a Myth: Pap smears check for ovarian cancer.
A Pap smear is not a test for ovarian cancer. “Pap smears detect only cervical cancer, not all gynecologic cancers,” says Dr. Chi. “In fact, there is no test that detects ovarian cancer in its earliest stages.” Two-thirds to three-quarters of women are diagnosed at a later stage, when the disease has spread to nearby tissues and organs.
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Are there such a thing as Common Gynae Cancers (Woman Cancer)?
Common Gynaecological Cancers – Uterine Cancer FAQ by Dr Chay Wen Yee [Endometrial cancer]
There are six types of gynecological cancers of which three are common and the other three are rare which are listed below.
- Uterine cancer.
- Cervical cancer.
- Ovarian cancer.
- Vulvar cancer.
- Vaginal cancer.
- Gestational trophoblastic tumour.
What should I do if I am diagnosed with Cervical Cancer?
Cervical Cancer FAQ by Singapore Cancer Society, Dr Wong Wai Loong [Q&A about Cervical Cancer]
Frequently Asked Questions about Cervical Cancer
- Who is most at risk for cervical cancer? Most cervical cancers are caused by high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV).
- Who can get the HPV vaccine?
- Can I have children after a cervical cancer diagnosis?
- What are the stages of cervical cancer?
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