Ovarian cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the ovaries. It most often occurs in women over 50. Ovarian cancer may cause no symptoms at all, or cause symptoms, such as bloating, abdominal pain, and trouble eating, that can be mistaken for other conditions. Although it’s difficult to catch ovarian cancer early—about 20% of ovarian cancers are detected before they spread outside the ovary—there are treatments that can help.
For breast cancer, we have the mammogram. For cervical cancer, there’s the Pap smear. But for ovarian cancer scientists are still coming up short.
I was 48 hours away from surgery, obsessed with wondering how my life and my body would change, when I was crudely reminded of why having my ovaries removed could be a really good thing.
Scientists have found roughly 50 different hormones roaming the bloodstream, but these three sex hormones have always run the show for women.