Currently only the 20% of the cases of ovarian cancer they are detected at an early stage. Given this, approximately the 94% of patients live more than 5 years after diagnosis and it is an overall survival, regardless of age, histological type, or stage of disease, according to Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC).
What can be done to avoid your risk?
To this day the form of power is unknown prevent ovarian cancer, but we found some associated factors that minimize the probability of contracting it:
- Having had a tubal ligation, ovarian removal, or both.
- Having given birth.
- Having taken birth control pills for five years or more.
- Have breastfed.
Factors that help prevent ovarian cancer
The main objective of the tests carried out for the ovarian cancer diagnosis They are intended to find cancer at an early stage. What kinds of tests help us detect ovarian cancer early? Some of those tests are:
- Routine check up: It is advisable to visit the gynecologist once a year and to be able to perform pelvic exams that help us to find this type of cancer in its initial stages.
- CA-125 blood test: many women with ovarian cancer have high levels of CA-125 so it can be very helpful in finding out if a woman has ovarian cancer.
- Transvaginal ultrasound (TVUS): Thanks to sound waves, the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries can be examined and a mass (tumor) can be found in the ovary.