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Experts highlight the importance of routine screening for early detection of ovarian cancer

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Ovarian cancers often go undetected until reaching advanced stages, making it the fifth most common cause of death in women. Health experts emphasize the importance of routine screening programmes for early detection to improve prognosis.

Dr. Kanav Kumar from the Punyashlok Ahilyadevi Holkar Head & Neck Cancer Institute of India, Mumbai, highlighted the lack of routine screening programmes as a contributing factor to late-stage diagnoses in India. Limited healthcare services, especially in rural areas, further complicate early diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Pritam Kataria, Consultant Medical Oncology at Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, explained the challenges of early detection with current methods, leading to a higher risk of mortality upon diagnosis. Studies have shown that aging and menopause can increase the spread of ovarian and other cancers due to genetic mutations and environmental exposure.

Furthermore, Dr. Kumar emphasized that older age at menopause and increased exposure to reproductive hormones can elevate the risk of developing ovarian cancer. Other risk factors include obesity, endometriosis, and long-term use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Women nearing menopause should be vigilant for symptoms like abdominal or breast lumps, changes in bowel habits, postmenopausal bleeding, or bloating sensations.

In conclusion, early detection through routine screening programmes is crucial in combating ovarian cancer, which often presents late and carries a high mortality risk. Health experts urge women to be proactive in monitoring their health and seeking medical attention for any concerning symptoms to improve outcomes.

IANS

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