A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure whereby a woman’s uterus is removed. You may need a hysterectomy for many reasons like uterine fibroids, abnormal vaginal bleeding, and cancer of the uterus or the cervix. The surgery is usually done to treat a number of chronic pain conditions as well as certain types of cancer and infections.
Can you have ovarian cancer after hysterectomy?
If you’ve have gone through a hysterectomy, you may think that you cannot be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. However, in many cases, one or both ovaries are left intact after a hysterectomy is done. While the uterus is removed, there’s still a high chance of having ovarian cancer.
What is ovarian cancer?
The cancer that develops from ovarian cells is called ovarian cancer. Ovaries are the primary site of female hormones and eggs. Most of the ovarian cancers start in the epithelial cells that cover the outer surface of the ovary. It is also possible that the cancer may develop inside the germ cells that produce eggs or hormone-producing cells.
Symptoms of ovarian cancer
Like we said that no matter what type of hysterectomy you have had, you should still have regular examinations just to be on the safer side. However, there’s no routine screening test for ovarian cancer. The signs of ovarian cancer are also quite vague and mild. Some common symptoms are:
- Abdominal bloating and discomfort
- Eating problems
- Frequent urination
- Back pain
- Painful intercourse
When these symptoms come to surface, don’t worry. Make sure to report them to your doctor and get the best treatment and care available. The doctor might want to do a pelvic examination to diagnose the presence of any kind of tumour. A blood test is also an easy and helpful method to detect any kind of abnormality.
However, there’s no need to panic. Keep your calm and get yourself checked by the best Oncologists at Apollo Hospitals.