Christiane Amanpour: 10 things to know about Ovarian Cancer

Christiane Amanpour
Christiane Amanpour

CNN Chief International anchor, Christiane Amanpour, on Monday publicly announced that she has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and may face months of chemotherapy treatment.

There are over 100 types of cancer usually named after the organ or tissue where they are formed.

Ovarian cancer is a particular type that forms around the female organs that produce eggs (ovaries).

Medical experts, however, say ovarian cancer doesn't always begin in the ovaries.

Recent studies show that most ovarian cancer cases start in the cells that line the fallopian tubes, ovaries and other organs, which inevitably spread to the ovaries when they grow uncontrollably.

WUZUPNIGERIA presents 10 key things you ought to about the disease.

  1. Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.
  2. Studies also show that pregnancy and usage of birth control pills can lower the risk of contracting ovarian.
  3. About half of the women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are 63 years old or older.
  4. Most common symptoms women with ovarian cancer experience include bloating, pelvic or belly pain, trouble eating, urinary urgency, upset stomach, fatigue, pain during sex, and irregular periods.
  5. A woman's risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 78. Her lifetime chance of dying from ovarian cancer is about 1 in 108.
  6. Ovarian cancers are mostly not hereditary. However, the Illinois Department of Public Health reports that the risk of developing ovarian cancer increases as the number of family members affected by ovarian cancer increases.
  7. Getting your ovaries removed does not eliminate the risk of infection but it can help lowers it, according to IDPH.
  8. In Nigeria, ovarian cancer is the 6th commonest cancer in women and the 2nd commonest genital tract cancer, according to a 2018 report by Atlantis Press.
  9. Serbia had the highest rate of ovarian cancer in 2018, followed by Brunei, Belarus, Poland and Latvia.
  10. According to Medicinenet, Ovarian cancer can be treated. Around two in ten women with advanced-stage ovarian cancer are effectively cured and survive at least 12 years after the treatment as per the research. It is treatable through surgery and chemotherapy.

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