Nancy's Run, Rock and Stroll Raising Money to Fight Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is a tumor that affects any part of the ovaries.

The most common ovarian tumors are epithelial tumors, which begin on the surface of your ovary. Some epithelial tumors are noncancerous (benign) or are unlikely to become cancerous (malignant).

Ovarian cancer symptoms ranging from pelvic pressure to loss of appetite can be vague and hard to detect. They might also mimic other, less serious conditions.

Still, ovarian tumors can grow quite large and disrupt your body’s normal functions, so even noncancerous tumors may need to be treated.

Your doctor will first perform a pelvic exam to feel your ovaries and other organs, checking for abnormal sizes or shapes. He or she may also insert a special ultrasound probe into your vagina (called a transvaginal ultrasound) to look for a tumor. If a tumor is found, you’ll need further testing to determine if it’s cancerous.

Other diagnostic tests can include but are not limited to MRI or magnetic resonance imaging, CT or computed tomography scan, and  CT scans which can detect a tumor and also show its precise location, size and involvement with other nearby tissue.

There is also a biopsy which removes a small tissue sample for evaluation. The tissue can be removed using laparoscopy, traditional surgery or with a special needle inserted through your skin.

Susie Siettmann, a cancer nurse navigator from Aurora Healthcare was a special live guest Wednesday on the CBS 58 News at 4. Her interview is attached to this story.

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Nancy's Walk and Stroll will raise money in the fight against Ovarian Cancer.

It is this Saturday at Greenfield Park in West Allis.

Registration begins at 8 a.m.

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