Ovarian cancer is difficult to detect, which makes it very dangerous.
The ovaries are tiny organs buried deep within the abdomen, which makes cancer symptoms difficult to detect and easy to dismiss. In most cases, ovarian cancer is not even detected during a routine pelvic exam unless the doctor feels an enlarged ovary. This is why only about 20 percent of ovarian cancers are found at an early stage, when it’s easiest to treat and patient prognosis is good.
Still, early detection is possible, which is why it’s important to stay vigilant. According to the American Cancer Society, ovarian cancer symptoms include:
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
- Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
- Frequent or urgent need to urinate
- Upset stomach
- Back pain
- Menstrual Changes
- Abdominal swelling with weight loss
Because these symptoms can also be caused by other benign conditions, it’s important to pay attention to frequency and duration. If they are severe or persistent, occurring more than 12 times a month, it’s important to see a doctor right away, preferably a gynecologist.
The exact cause of ovarian cancer is not definitively known, but certain factors may increase a woman’s risk, including age, family history, obesity, smoking, or regular use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene. Many people are surprised to learn that the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer can be traced back more than 40 years. Researchers first pointed to a possible connection in 1971 when a British study found talc particles “deeply embedded” in biopsied ovarian tumors. Since that time, numerous other studies have linked talcum/baby Powder to an increased risk of ovarian cancer.
We hope you found this information helpful. Please visit our FAQ page for answers to other questions such as, “What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?” McDonald Law Firm represents women who have developed ovarian or fallopian tube cancer after prolonged use of talcum powder for personal hygiene. The firm has created the site babypowdercancerrecovery.com as a resource for victims and their families. Contact the firm today if you or a loved one has developed cancer after the use of talcum/Baby Powder for feminine hygiene.