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Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is an ever-present threat to all women in the world. Read on to learn about what it is and what to do to survive the condition. 

Ovarian Cancer

This condition is characterized by the growth of cells in your ovaries. The cells start to multiply at an alarming rate, and they invade your healthy body tissue to destroy it. Your reproductive system has two ovaries, one on each side of your uterus. Your ovaries produce hormones like progesterone and estrogen.

 

Symptoms

When your ovarian cancer starts to form you may not notice any symptoms. The symptoms of ovarian cancer may also be attributed to more common conditions.

Symptoms

  1. Fatigue
  2. Back pain
  3. Weight loss
  4. Pelvic discomfort
  5. Frequent urination
  6. Quickly getting full
  7. Abdominal bloating 

 

When to see a doctor

If you manifest symptoms that worry you, then you should see your doctor immediately.

Causes

The cause of ovarian cancer has not been identified, but doctors have found factors that may increase the risk of you getting the condition. Mutations occur in your DNA and cause the cells in or near your ovaries to turn cancerous. The changes in your DNA may cause cells to grow and multiply quickly creating tumors. Your cancer kills healthy cells and invades your organs which may cause death. It is important to find a way to treat your condition before it is too late.

 

Risk Factors

Factors that increase your risk of getting ovarian cancer are listed here:

  1. Old age increases the risk of ovarian cancer
  2. Inherited gene changes may raise your chances of getting ovarian cancer
  3. Family history of relatives with ovarian cancer also increases the patient’s risk of ovarian cancer.
  4. Overweight or obese patients also experience an increased risk of ovarian cancer.
  5. Postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy may also raise your risk of ovarian cancer.
  6. Never being pregnant may also increase your risk of ovarian cancer

Preventive measures

There is no known way to prevent the onset of ovarian cancer, but you may minimize your risk by doing certain things.

  1. Using birth control pills for over 5 years.
  2. Getting your tubes tied 
  3. Getting both your ovaries removed
  4. Giving birth
  5. Breastfeeding for a year

Talk to your doctor before trying any of these measures because not all of them may be feasible for your physiology.

 

Diagnosis 

The Pelvic exam is when your doctor examines your reproductive organ and abdomen and checks your organs. 

Imaging tests like CT scans and ultrasounds done on your pelvis and abdomen can help doctors see any irregularities in those organs. 

Blood tests can show tumor markers to check if you have cancer or not they also show your organ function to check if you are healthy. 

Surgery sometimes is needed to check if your ovary has cancer. Your doctor will remove an ovary and test for cancer markers. 

Genetic testing involves getting a blood test to look for genes for changes that may increase the risk of developing ovarian cancer. 

Your doctor will decide the tests you need to undergo to get a diagnosis for your health. Do not do anything without your doctor’s approval because it may endanger your health. Please follow your doctor’s orders because they may save your life.   

 

Treatment 

A combination of surgery and chemotherapy is often the recommended treatment for ovarian cancer. 

Surgery

The surgery aspect of treatment is often done to remove your ovaries to prevent cancer from spreading.  

Surgery to remove one ovary is done for ovary cancer detected early and has not spread from one ovary. You may still have the ability to have children with this surgery. 

Surgery to remove both ovaries is done if the cancer is found in both ovaries and there is no sign of cancer spreading to other regions. You can still get pregnant by using frozen eggs and embryos or using a donor’s egg.   

Surgery to remove both ovaries and your uterus is done once cancer has spread to other areas of your body. This surgery will remove your ability to have children. 

Advanced cancer surgery will have your doctor remove as much of the cancer tumors as possible, then have chemotherapy remove the rest.

Chemotherapy

This treatment uses chemicals to kill cancer cells in your body. The drugs can either be injected into your veins or taken orally. This drug can be used before your surgery. After your surgery, chemotherapy may be given for any remaining cancer cells in your body.  

In conclusion, it’s best to get checked regularly to make sure you are healthy. Cancer is a sneaky disease that does not always show symptoms until it’s too late. Please come over to Miami Herbs for natural treatments to help your ovarian cancer treatments. 

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a natural treatment that uses thin needles to stimulate your body’s production of endorphins via micro-injuries. The needles are thin and will not cause you pain during the procedure. Each needle stimulates your body’s production of endorphins to invite relaxation. These endorphins are your body’s natural painkillers and will not cause adverse side effects.

Acupuncture can bring you relief from cancer treatments you desperately need.

Herbal Medicine

As you know, herbs have been used to treat all manner of illnesses across the world for thousands of years. Its experts have had the time to try and refine the herb’s treatment applications for your needs. It is the reason herbs can help treat your health problems that modern pharmaceuticals may not be able to relieve with little to no side effects.

Using herbs can strengthen your body to help it survive through the trials of cancer treatment. Your treatment is also full of unpleasant side effects that herbs can relieve. Taking herbal medicine can strengthen your body to survive cancer treatment while providing relief from its side effects. 

Please note that you need a doctor that specializes in herbs to help you pick the right herbs. Without the help of a doctor or proper herbs, the treatment may endanger your life. Visit Dr. Cook’s office to get expert advice on herbs and the proper prescription for your health.   

Both acupuncture and herbal medicine can improve your immune response to aid your treatment against cancer. These two treatments can also help you get your strength back after your cancer treatments are done. 

In conclusion, cancer may be a terrible disease, but it’s not a death sentence. Measures can be taken to survive, and you must be vigilant and act quickly. Cancer treatments may seem terrifying to you, but don’t be afraid. Dr. Cook’s natural treatments can strengthen your body and ease the discomfort you feel from the side effects.

Visit Dr. Cook today to ease your discomfort from cancer treatments.

 

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