- 28 May 2019
Unfortunately, cancer is one of the leading causes of deaths worldwide and it is responsible for 30 percent of all deaths in Canada, which is more than other diseases and other causes. According to the Canadian and American Cancer Societies, there were 22,280 new ovarian cases and 14,240 deaths in the U.S. in 2016, whereas in Canada, the number is expected to rise to 2800 new cases and 1750 deaths.
This cancer happens when the ovaries cells develop malignant tumors. Since it is not easily detectable with screening and due to the lack of specific symptoms, some refer to it as the ‘silent killer’.
Even though it is more common in post-menopausal women, statistics show that there has been an increase in the occurrence of ovarian cancer in women in their 30s and 40s, but in younger women as well. According to a British research, early detection of ovarian cancer can significantly elevate the patient’s chance of survival. This is why women need to pay a lot of attention to changes in their bodies and to consult their physicians as soon as they notice something out of the ordinary.
How Is Ovarian Cancer Diagnosed?
In the moment, there is no reliable test. Namely, smear tests do not pick up malignant cysts and the CA125