Dr. Shona Nag: Ovarian cancer has risen to become the third most prevalent cancer in women, after only cervical and breast cancer.
Dr. Shona Nag: The event that the signs are non-specific and limited in the early stages adds to the fear. According to medical experts, rising socioeconomic levels and urbanization have resulted in a sedentary lifestyle, which has resulted in more significant stress, inconsistent and lousy eating habits, and obesity, all of which are risk factors for ovarian cancer.
Conversations regarding this condition are urgently needed so that individuals are aware of their lifestyle choices. As a result, BDR Pharmaceutical hosted a discussion with Dr. Shona Nag, a renowned medical oncologist and cancer specialist at Pune’s Sahyadri Super Speciality Hospital. This discussion covered several common questions concerning ovarian cancer.
Dr. Nag started by explaining that this tumor is usually discovered in the latter stages of the disease. This is also due to the uterus’s tiny size and the ovaries’ small size. According to her, before ovarian cancer is discovered, the ovaries develop to around 8 to 10 cm in length. And they don’t create any alarming symptoms until they reach this size. Many illnesses can cause severe bloating, frequent urination, and a feeling of fullness after a small meal, among others. This is generally difficult to identify early on due to these characteristics. Ovarian cancer can be deadly if diagnosed late.
She also noted the rising incidence of ovarian cancer cases, citing the International Association of Cancer Research’s most recent statistics. “We had 45000 new cases in 2020, and the death rate is over two-thirds of that,” Dr. Nag added, “so late diagnosis and a lack of competent tertiary treatment is a problem.”
“An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac,” the doctor explained while explaining the difference between an ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer. The majority of ovarian cysts are now benign. They target women in their twenties and thirties. Even during menstruation, pregnancy, hormonal imbalance, pelvic infection, endometriosis, and PCOD, you might develop an ovarian cyst. All of these illnesses are harmless.