Making Surgical Choices

Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer affects one in 87 women in the United States. Ovarian cancer is difficult to diagnose, and the symptoms can easily be confused with other, more generalized symptoms such as bloating or pelvic pressure, urinary frequency, a change in bowel habits, appetite loss, indigestion, or pain during sex. Vaginal bleeding, fatigue, and unexplained weight loss are generally later-stage symptoms.

Unfortunately, most cases of ovarian cancer are discovered at a late stage, and the 5-year survival rate of these women is only 31%.

When a woman is considering a hysterectomy, she must make a decision regarding her ovaries.

Young women with full ovarian function should naturally keep their ovaries for the benefit of hormonal production for years to come.

But women near menopause or after menopause have a more difficult decision. While no one wants to lose body parts unnecessarily, this choice deserves careful consideration of the potential risk of ovarian cancer in the future.

In this video, Lloyd Fickett speaks about the potential impact of this decision.