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Ovarian cancer ( ovarian ) is a kind of rare but often fatal disease and can strike at any time in the life of a woman.

Until recently, ovarian cancer is known as the "silent killer" because it usually is not discovered any symptoms until it is known to have spread to other parts of the body . But now researchers have found that the symptoms associated with ovarian cancer may help in early detection.

Experts at Northwestern Memorial says the best protection is prevention methods , understand the risks and recognize possible signs of ovarian cancer .

"Currently, there is no reliable screening test to identify early ovarian cancer . Important for women to get healthy, and immediately go to the doctor if there is a change in their body ," said Diljeet Singh , MD, a gynecologic oncologist and Director of the prevention Program , Northwestern Memorial Hospital ovarian Cancer early Detection and .

Screening for ovarian cancer early because it will improve the survival of a person for five years , which was 30 percent to over 90 percent. But the symptoms of ovarian cancer , often similar to other conditions making it difficult to recognize.

Singh said that women should be aware of possible warning signs that include abdominal bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain , difficulty eating or feeling full quickly , urinary disorders and increasing the size of the stomach.

Singh said that if women experience symptoms is important in every day for two to three weeks , it is recommended to consult your doctor immediately.

Although the symptoms are not obvious , but there are factors that may be able to develop the disease , including carrying a BRCA gene mutation , there is a history of breast cancer or a family history of cancer ovarian over age 45 and obesity . In women at high risk, it is recommended to begin screening at age 20 to 25 years.

According sigh, there are several strategies for monitoring women at risk for ovarian cancer , among others, by clinical examination, ultrasound and physical blood tests every six months . "The purpose of this program is to help women understand their personal risks more equally to help develop methods of prevention and early detection ," he said .

Studies show that there is a way to reduce the risk of contracting the disease from a woman. Women who use birth control pills for at least five years, three times less likely to get cancer of the ovary. In addition, a permanent form of birth control such as tubal ligation is known to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer by 50 percent .

" A diet rich in fruits and vegetables , exercise regularly , maintain a normal body weight and stress management is one way for women to help reduce the risk of ovarian cancer ," he said .


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