By Doctor Seibel – HouseCall®

Do you know about ovarian cancer? It’s a silent killer with almost no symptoms.

 

 

That’s why Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is so important. Here is what to look for:

 

  • Pelvic and abdominal pain
  • Getting full quickly with meals
  • Going more often to the bathroom to urinate
  • Positive Family History

Not much to go on is it? Many women never complained or talked about these types of symptoms. They just put up with it and chalk it up to “getting older.”

Ovarian cancer is not one of the big three for women in menopause (lung, breast and colon cancer), which make up over 50% of cancers in women. There are about 22,000 new cases each year and 13, 850 deaths. But ovarian cancer is one of the most lethal. Why? Because 70% of the time it is silent until it has spread.

Women and their doctors need to be more aware of this silent killer and find it early. I have always suggested to women over the age of 50 to have a pelvic ultrasound every two to three years to increase the chances of finding it. After all, the ovaries are only the size of the tip of my thumb in young women and after menopause, they become even smaller about the size of the tip of my little finger. You can imagine how difficult that can be to feel during an exam, especially if a woman is heavy. But a new study suggests that ultrasound won’t be as able to diagnose the disease as I had hoped.

What helps? Being on the birth control pill helps reduce the risk. Talk with family members. If you have a strong family history of breast, ovarian or bowel cancer, talk with your doctor and get tested to see if you have genes that put you at increased risk for ovarian cancer. And if you do, after you have had your children, see about having your ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to lower your risk of getting this silent killer. Click here for a free 3-minute video to help you become more aware of ovarian cancer.

Mache Seibel, MD

www.DoctorSeibel.com

Author, Save Your Life: What to do in a Medical Emergency

 

 

Machelle  Seibel, MD

You will find my two most recent books helpful. They are Eat to Defeat Menopause and Save Your Life: What to do in a Medical Emergency. Click their titles now to learn more.

 

 

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Dr. Machelle Seibel

Dr. Machelle Seibel

 
Machelle  Seibel, MD

It is a real pleasure to contribute a regular article to Families Online Magazine. Over the past 30 years I've had the privilege of providing care to over 10,000 women. I've helped them face their challenges, answered their questions, and heard the frustrations they deal with as they transition from their reproductive years to and through menopause.

As a result, my goal is to share the wisdom I've gained that applies directly to women's health and menopause, or provide insights that can be of help with their families. Some articles will be on things that are ongoing health and wellnesstopics, and others will be comments or perspectives on important issues you notice in the news.

You will find my two most recent books helpful. They are Eat to Defeat Menopause and Save Your Life: What to do in a Medical Emergency.

My websites are http://www.doctorseibel.com/ & http://www.healthrockwomen.com/. There are many FREE downloads, songs, videos, eBooks and other useful content that I hope will help you stay well. My comments here aren't intended to take the place of your healthcare provider. If you have a medical problem, be sure to ask your doctor.
Dr. Machelle Seibel

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