Ovarian cancer is called the silent killer, projected to kill more than 14,000 women this year.
While genetic testing and family history can play a role in the possibility of developing ovarian cancer, the truth is that gene abnormalities only account for 10-15% of all cases. The other 85-90% of patients develop the cancer simply by chance.
Unfortunately, the symptoms for ovarian cancer - unless you have a family history and are actively watching for them, or being screened regularly - are often undetectable until the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Instances of bloating, nausea, and loss of appetite often only show up after the cancer has spread.
The typical screening mechanism for ovarian cancer is a pelvic exam, usually performed by your OB-GYN each year. If you've had a family history, you may opt for tests like the CA-125 blood test or an ultrasound. Recently, developments in the way the CA-125 test is conducted have allowed for a closer monitoring of the disease.
Special guest, Dr. Robin Lacour, joins Dr. Leigh to discuss important information about ovarian cancer, including, the encouraging advances in regards to testing.