What are the Signs of Ovarian Cancer?

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Ovarian cancer is a type of cancer that most often occurs in women who are in their 50’s or 60’s. It starts in the ovaries, which are part of the female reproductive system. The ovaries are located on either side of the uterus. It is their job to produce eggs and hormones, like estrogen. They are tiny. Each is only about the size of an almond. This means that cancer in the ovaries often isn’t discovered until it has spread to other parts of the body.

Senior Care Loudonville OH - What are the Signs of Ovarian Cancer?

Senior Care Loudonville OH – What are the Signs of Ovarian Cancer?

Because treatment for cancer is often more successful when it begins in earlier stages of the disease, knowing the signs associated with ovarian cancer can help your aging relative to get treatment sooner.

What Are the Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer?

Part of the reason early stage ovarian cancer is difficult to detect is that it doesn’t usually cause any noticeable symptoms. And, unfortunately, even once the disease is advanced it may only cause symptoms that aren’t very specific and may resemble other conditions.

Some symptoms that can occur with ovarian cancer are:

  • Bloating and swelling in the abdomen.
  • Feeling full after eating only a little food.
  • Losing weight without trying.
  • An uncomfortable feeling in the pelvic area.
  • Changed bowel habits, like constipation.
  • Needing to urinate often.

 

If your older family member has symptoms that concern them, they should report the symptoms to their doctor.

What Causes Ovarian Cancer?

Cancer starts when DNA in the cells changes or mutates. This makes the cells grow quickly and create a tumor. The cells don’t die when they should, either, living far longer than the natural lifecycle of a normal cell. These abnormal cells can spread to other parts of the body, which is called metastasizing.

Although doctors understand the basic mechanics of cancer, they don’t know what makes some people develop ovarian cancer. They do, however, know of some risk factors that can make getting the disease more likely.

Some risk factors for ovarian cancer are:

  • Older age.
  • Hereditary gene mutations.
  • Family history of ovarian cancer.
  • Having received estrogen replacement therapy for an extended time period or in large doses.
  • Beginning menstruation at an early age or going through menopause at a late age.

 

If your aging relative is diagnosed with ovarian cancer, senior care can help them through treatment and recovery. A senior care provider can offer transportation to and from medical appointments, as well as companionship and comfort during chemotherapy treatment. Senior care providers can also help with things around the house, so the senior can get some rest. They can cook, clean, do laundry, and more. In addition, if treatment makes the older adult weak and unstable, a senior care provider can help them to get safely around the house, dress, use the bathroom, and take a bath or shower.

Sources:  https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ovarian-cancer/symptoms-causes/syc-20375941
https://www.cancercenter.com/cancer-types/ovarian-cancer/symptoms
https://www.cancer.org/cancer/ovarian-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/signs-and-symptoms.html

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About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.