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Learn to recognize early signs of ovarian cancer

Texas readers may have heard that ovarian cancer is a "silent killer." This is because the disease can mimic other medical conditions and tends to be diagnosed in its later stages.

Over 250,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer worldwide each year, and around 140,000 succumb to the disease. However, by learning to recognize early warning signs, women could increase their chances of survival. According to medical experts, ovarian cancer symptoms are frequently mistaken for other less serious medical conditions. These symptoms include belly discomfort, bloating, feeling full quickly, nausea, indigestion, the frequent need to urinate, back pain and shortness of breath. Experts say women who experience these symptoms for over a week should contact their doctor and specifically ask about ovarian issues.

Experts also emphasize that all women are at risk for ovarian cancer, but some women, such as those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, are at greater risk. Studies have found that there are approximately 100 genes associated with an increased risk of the disease. Women can undergo a genetic test to determine if they carry any of these genes. Meanwhile, certain lifestyle choices can impact the risk of all women. For instance, women who consume a low-fat diet, use birth control and give birth are all at a decreased risk of developing the disease.

Ovarian cancer has an excellent survival rate if it is diagnosed in its earliest stages. However, a doctor's failure to diagnose the disease could allow it to spread, causing a woman to suffer a worsened medical condition. In such situations, it may be advisable to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the responsible doctor. An attorney may review a client's case and recommend the best way to obtain a settlement.

Source: Health Day, "5 Facts Every Woman Should Know About Ovarian Cancer," Sept. 19, 2018

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