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Ovarian Cancer: A Challenging Disease

By Clip Syndicate Video: Ovarian Cancer: A Challenging Disease Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:42:31 +0000 Ovarian Cancer: A Challenging Disease WATN >> local memphis live continues with your host, amy speropoulos. >>amy: ovarian cancer is a challenging and complex disease impacting over 2000 22,000, excuse me, killing over 14,000. i sat down with medical professionals who are sharing they have learned from genetic testing to learn what they could do to save lives. >> i think the challenge is severalfold. the first being the numbers that you gave at the intro there in terms of the high number of death that occur in the number of cases. 22,000 cases causing 14,000 deaths. the fifth leading cause of death for women in the united states. the other problem is the late really challenging for me is the fact that when i operate on his women, the disease is largely spread beyond the ovary and into the upper abdomen which makes this much more challenging. the other problem is early diagnosis so if we can make a diagnosis at an earlier stage, we could potentially your a high number of women. three quarters of our patients present with the disease in the upper abdomen due to the fact the symptoms are very vague. we as symptoms such as abdominal fullness, fullness after eating and abdominal bloating, change in bowel or bladder functions. this could all occur with women with ovarian cancer and also the men who don't have ovarian cancer. we don't want to alarm women unnecessarily but it is important to have them be proactive and understand these symptoms can be early hallmarks of this disease. >>amy: tell us ways that we can be proactive. you mentioned those symptoms. i think i have those symptoms at least once a week so i can totally understand that real concern because they are such common symptoms. what do you suggest that women do to be proactive and stay on top of or in front of this. >> i think listening to your body is very urgent. if you have those symptoms occasionally in this are normal pattern, is probably not a problem. it's as symptoms become more severe and frequent and intense, it is time to talk to your physician about potentially being worked up for ovarian cancer. the other thing is the fact that over 20 percent of ovarian answers are what we know as territory meaning that they occur due to a gene that has been transmitted from either your mother or your father. commonly, that jean is brca. the impact of that, your lifetime risk is about 1.4 percent. it shoots all the way up to 45 to 50 percent if you happen to have that jean. it points out the importance of genetic testing and knowing your family history which is one of the things i think is extremely important in terms of doctor, thank you so much for joining us. we enjoyed it. this is information that could save our lives for the lives of those women watching this morning. you can go to bb rc aware that for

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