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“We acquire the strength we have overcome.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Early detection and diagnosis always increase your chances of receiving successful treatment and beating all forms of cancer – including ovarian cancer. Detecting ovarian cancer early will significantly boost your odds of survival. Hence, it is important to adhere to the recommended screening protocol for your age group so that you and your physician can detect and test any anomalies or changes.
The ovaries are a pair of organs in the female reproductive system – there is one ovary on each side of the uterus. The ovaries produce eggs or ova and the hormones oestrogen and progesterone.
There are two fallopian tubes, which are long and slender tubes on either side of the uterus. The eggs or ova pass from the ovaries through the fallopian tubes, to the uterus.
The peritoneum is the tissue lining covering organs in the abdomen.
Ovarian cancer is a type of gynaecological cancer that originates in the ovaries, the related areas of the fallopian tubes, and the peritoneum. It begins when healthy cells in the ovaries, fallopian tubes or the peritoneum start mutating or changing. Such mutations cause these cells to grow rapidly and prevent cell death. The accumulation of these abnormal cells forms a malignant mass or tumour. Often, the cancer cells invade nearby tissues and may break off from a tumour to spread or metastasize to other parts of the body. Ovarian cancer can often be cured.
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