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Ovarian cancer is a cancer which forms in the ovaries of a female reproductive organs Most times it is undetected until small tumors line the abdominal cavity and the cancer cells invade vital organs This cancer which is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among American women has recently shown signs that it may have more success with new treatments for all stages of the disease Ovarian cancer has often times been known as the silent killer of American women but scientists have recently uncovered startling facts more than 90 of ovarian cancer patients had symptoms of the disease long before it was officially diagnosed As well as this amazing fact one in 17 women who live to be 80 will develop ovarian cancer Some symptoms of this disease include abdominal swelling digestive disturbances which include gas bloating chronic stomach pains or indigestion pelvic pressure a persistent need to urinate unexplained weight loss or pain in the pelvis lower back or legs As it can be seen these symptoms can pertain to many other illnesses therefore it is hard for a doctor to know ovarian cancer exists Most times when these symptoms do not respond to the usual treatments doctors are instructed to consider ovarian cancer as the problem In order to make a diagnosis first the doctor requires a thorough medical history of the patient and a pelvic exam which allows the doctor to feel for abnormalities in the ovaries If an abnormality is suspected an ultrasound is usually performed Usually for an ultrasound a probe is placed in the Vagina to gain a clear image of the ovaries The ultrasound can determine the health of the ovaries and distinguish any more possibilities of the existence of ovarian cancer To have a better idea of whats wrong with the patient the doctor obtains a blood test on the patient to measure CA-125 CA-125 is a protein produced by ovarian cancer cells In advanced
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