Dr Oz: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Dr Oz talked about the Ovarian Cancer Warning Signs & Ovarian Cancer Tests on a special edition of his show. He also answered viewer questions about cancer and health, including how Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is related to Ovarian Cancer. He also explained the relationship between Pap Smears and Ovarian Cancer, as well as the age range at which this type of cancer usually affects patients.
Hailey, age 22, was diagnosed five years ago with PCOS. She wondered whether this increases her risk of Ovarian Cancer, or any other forms of cancer, as she goes through life. Dr Carol Brown said that PCOS is most likely to be linked with a higher risk of Endometrial Cancer, which affects the lining of a woman’s uterus.
But other than that, PCOS has not been shown to increase a woman’s risk of Ovarian Cancer or any other types of cancer. Dr Oz noted that it’s important for Hailey and other PCOS sufferers to make sure their gynecologist is aware of their condition, since it can affect other women’s health issues, such as Fertility. PCOS treatment has come a long way, and in some cases it could even be successfully treated or reversed.
Do Pap Smears Screen for Ovarian Cancer?
Marilyn was in the audience, and she also had a question about Ovarian Cancer. Do Pap Smears Screen for Ovarian Cancer? Dr Barbara Goff cleared up some of the confusion about Pap Smears. She said they are only useful in screening and detecting Cervical Cancer. There are three effective Ovarian Cancer Screening Tests that you can request from your doctor to learn your cancer status or risk.
Dr Oz: Ovarian Cancer Age
Another woman had a question from the audience. Stacey wanted to know if there’s a particular age range during which women should worry about their risk for Ovarian Cancer. Dr Brown said that most patients seem to develop this type of cancer later in life, but that it’s possible for younger women to have symptoms as well, especially when it runs in families.
According to Dr Oz, there is record of a patient in Texas being diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer at age 11. That’s unbelievable. If you have more questions about Ovarian Cancer that weren’t answered by Dr Oz and his guests, you should ask your doctor for additional information.