MediNurse, the premiere provider of private duty nursing care for more than 30 years, emphasizes early detection as key for ovarian cancer treatment. September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
Women over the age of 60 are at a greater risk than women who are younger. Approximately 50% of all diagnosed ovarian cancer patients are older women, but the highest incidence occurs is in females aged 85 years and older. Clearly, the risk of developing ovarian cancer increases with age.
Additional risks include a family history of breast, colon or ovarian cancer, using hormone therapy after menopause, smoking and obesity. Often deemed a “silent killer,” symptoms of ovarian cancer are not immediately obvious and are often times easily attributed to other health conditions.
The five most common symptoms that are considered warning signs of early stage ovarian cancer are:
Loss of Appetite
Experiencing any of these symptoms does not lead to an immediate diagnosis. It’s important to consult a doctor should concerns arise, especially for elderly women who are more prone to developing ovarian cancer as they age. Early detection often results in an increased chance for successful treatment.
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