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Ovarian Cancer live chat: Mar'13

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In honour of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Specialist Nurse Advisor Marilena Asbury-Panaite, part of our Dedicated Nurse Service, answered your questions about the disease, prevention and treatment in our live chat.

becs asked: Hello, I wanted to ask at what age is Ovarian cancer most likely?

Marilena Asbury-Panaite, Specialist Nurse Advisor  answered: The age is likely to be around 40, around the menopause- however some experts suggest even after 30 there is a risk of developing ovarian cancer.

becs commented: Great, thanks for the answer

Marilena Asbury-Panaite, Specialist Nurse Advisor  commented: The age is likely to be around 40, around the menopause- however some experts suggest even after 30 there is a risk of developing ovarian cancer. Overall the risk is greater as women get older.

becs asked: Would you mind if I asked a question about prostate cancer - as I missed this am's live chat?

Marilena Asbury-Panaite, Specialist Nurse Advisor  answered: no problem, please do.

AXA PPP healthcare commented: Why is the removal of the prostate gland not possible if the p.s.a. level has risen above 15 p.s.a.

Marilena Asbury-Panaite, Specialist Nurse Advisor  answered: a PSA level of 15 is not too high and the specialist would rather treat the prostate cancer with other forms of therapies- e.g. radiotherapy or chemotherapy or hormanal therapy- then to surgically remove the prostate.

AXA PPP healthcare commented: We have a question from Twitter - What are the main symptoms of cervical cancer and how are these spotted in a smear test?

Marilena Asbury-Panaite, Specialist Nurse Advisor  commented: Symptoms could be abnormal vaginal bleeding or an unexplained change in your menstrual cycle; bleeding or and pain  during sexual intercourse. Sometimes it can be an abnormal vaginal discharge containing mucus  with blood. Anything unusual should be checked with your GP. regarding the smear test- this will detect any abnormal cells in the cervix. hope this helps.

AXA PPP healthcare asked: Another question from twitter  Are there any other ways to detect cervical cancer other than smear tests? I find them painful and uncomfortable.

Marilena Asbury-Panaite, Specialist Nurse Advisor  answered: To begin with, a biopsy has to been taken from the cervix to make sure what types of cells are grown; then if the test is positive then further investigations are involved like a colposcopy.  A CT scan can detect the cancer but this is not done unless the smear test is abnormal.sorry there is no other way then a biopsy to start with.

Scott22 asked: How common is ovarian cancer?

Marilena Asbury-Panaite, Specialist Nurse Advisor  answered: I believe it is rank as the 5th one, so quite common.

fiona asked: Hi there - I have experienced abdominal swelling before? Is this a sign of ovarian cancer?

Marilena Asbury-Panaite, Specialist Nurse Advisor  answered: Hi Fiona,  only one symptom should not worry you too much but please speak with your GP in details.

Ruth asked: Can ovarian cancer effect your fertility?

Marilena Asbury-Panaite, Specialist Nurse Advisor  commented: well, the ovarian cancer will involve surgery and mostly involves the removal of ovaries, so unfortunately yes.

Anonymous2 asked: What are the first signs of ovarian cancer to look out for?

Marilena Asbury-Panaite, Specialist Nurse Advisor  answered: there is no first signs really, it could be bleeding between menstrual, abdominal pain/swelling/discomfort, nausea, vomiting- really kind of mild symptoms but if any worries it is always good to clear them with your GP.that is why we do this chat to raise awareness- please do not leave any symptoms unchecked. hope this helps:)

Anonymous37 asked: Could my cramps be a symptom of ovarian cancer or menopause?

Marilena Asbury-Panaite, Specialist Nurse Advisor  answered: not really, if you going through menopause there are some changes you need to expect. however do you have any other symptoms and how often are your cramps?

Heather asked: I've suffered from cysts on my ovaries in the past - could there be a chance that the cysts may develop into cancerous growths?

Marilena Asbury-Panaite, Specialist Nurse Advisor  answered: ovarian cysts are quite common and they behave nicely. do you have a specialist to keep on eye on it?

Heather commented: Yes I do. Thank you

Marilena Asbury-Panaite, Specialist Nurse Advisor  answered: good, Happy Easter to you then:)

Heather asked: Are there any preventative methods for Ovarian Cancer i.e. better diet/ lifestyle

Marilena Asbury-Panaite, Specialist Nurse Advisor  answered: I would recommend we can have a healthy diet and an active life style. these are always a good advice to follow.

Jessie asked: Is ovarian cancer possible after a hysterectomy?

Marilena Asbury-Panaite, Specialist Nurse Advisor  answered: difficult to answer this one as I need to know more details, sorry. depends so much on the individual. If you are a AXA member happy to talk to you over the phone. hope this is ok.

Jessie commented: I see, is there a number?

Marilena Asbury-Panaite, Specialist Nurse Advisor  answered: of course, tel no 0800 1114811-  - we are opened from Mon-Fr 9-5,happy to talk to you next Tues. just asked for Mena- my short name. hope this is ok?

Andy_M asked: Obviously there are a lot of physical side effects for ovarian cancer but what kind of emotional effects could you incur? Is there support available for this

Marilena Asbury-Panaite, Specialist Nurse Advisor  answered: Every patient diagnosed with cancer will go through an emotional and difficult time to accept, cope and live with the cancer. It is the same for the ovarian cancer patients- the emotional issues will remain but how you deal and cope with them it is the main thing. 

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