Ovarian Cancer

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Ovarian cancer is a cancer that begins in the female organs that produce eggs. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about ovarian cancer in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Ovarian cancer is a type of cancer that grows in the ovaries.

The ovaries are small organs on the right and left sides of the uterus. They are about the size of almonds. They store eggs and make the female hormones.

Ovarian cancer is hard to detect early because most women dont feel the cancer growing inside them. Even when a woman starts to feel something, its not clear that it is from the ovaries. Thats why in most cases, the cancer has spread by the time anyone knows its there.

Ovarian cancer can occur at any age. Most cases occur after menopause. It is more common in women who:

Have family members with ovarian cancer or breast cancer

Have been taking hormones after menopause for more than five years, or

Are overweight

There are tests that can tell if you have the gene for ovarian cancer. Talk to your doctor about getting these tests.

The usual treatment is surgery. Chemotherapy is also used for some patients.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.