According to the American Cancer Society, it’s difficult to accurately detect ovarian cancer, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. There are numerous ways to make detection more likely, including regular exams and recognizing high risk factors.
Regular gynecological exams help to catch abnormalities in your body on a regular basis. Pap smears and pelvic exams are two ways in which your doctor can detect physical indications of ovarian cancer. Regular exams are also a time to talk with your doctor about any symptoms you may be experiencing.
If you are at a higher risk for ovarian cancer, you may need to schedule additional exams with your gynecologist. You can set an appointment for your yearly exam at one of our three Cincinnati offices by calling us today.
High Risk Factors
There are three categories that make some women have a higher risks for ovarian cancer. The three areas are:
- Genetics & Family History
All women in their 60s and late 70s are at an increase for ovarian cancer. According to the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Cincinnati, the median age for the cancer diagnosis is 63, and 69% of women in the U.S. from 2002 to 2006 were 55 or older.
Women with a body mass index of at least 30 are at a higher risk to develop ovarian cancer, and various studies have linked obesity and weight to ovarian cancer.
Genetics & Family History
About 10-15% of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer have a hereditary tendency to develop the disease. The most significant risk factor for ovarian cancer is an inherited genetic mutation – BRCA1 or BRCA2, according to the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Cincinnati. Women whose mothers, grandmothers, aunts and cousin have been diagnosed with cancer tend to carry a higher risk to have the gene mutation. Tests can be completed to identify the gene mutations.
Overall, if you think you may have ovarian cancer, or you just aren’t feeling like yourself, don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor. All the doctors at Mt. Auburn are here for you and willing to talk with you about the risks or symptoms.
Call us today to schedule an appointment. Early detection of any cancer increases the chance of a positive outcome.
If you want to get involved and become an advocate in the fight against ovarian cancer, you can join the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Cincinnati on September 16 at their Teal Power Walk. All are welcome and you can find out more or register for the 2017 Teal Power 5K Run & Walk for Ovarian Cancer Awareness in Blue Ash, Ohio.