YOUNG women who have irregular menstrual periods are at a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer in later life, researchers have discovered. Alarming research has revealed women who have unpredictable cycles in their mid-twenties were more likely to develop the killer disease decades later.
In a study of 15,000 women, with an average age of 26, roughly 13 percent of them reported irregular periods, which could be an early sign of the life-threatening condition.
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Over half a century, 116 developed ovarian cancer, 84 of whom died, the researchers report in the International Journal of Cancer. Women with a history of menstrual irregularities were nearly twice as likely as females with normal periods to develop the disease and die from it by the age of 70.
Dr. Barbara Cohn of the Public Health Institute in Oakland, California, who led the research, said the results could “potentially save lives”.
She went on: “This is the first prospective study to show an association between irregular menstruation and ovarian cancer. “Discovering high-risk traits like irregular menstruation gives clinicians the opportunity to potentially save lives by identifying them as early warning signs and developing strategies to reduce these women’s risk of death.”
Dr. Ginger Gardner of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York, who was not involved in the study, added: “This does not mean that every patient who has irregular bleeding has an elevated risk of ovarian cancer.
“Absolutely not.” In addition to being the most deadly gynecological cancer, ovarian is the fifth most common cancer among women. The news follows a recent study that revealed screening for ovarian cancer can cut deaths by more than a quarter.
Symptoms include persistent stomach pain or bloating, finding it difficult to eat or feeling full quickly, and needing to wee more often. Back pain, changes in bowel habits and constantly feeling tired may also be warning signs.
Age is one risk factor more than half of all ovarian cancers are diagnosed in women over the age of 63. Ovarian Cancer Action advises women to keep a diary to document their symptoms and present it to your doctor as soon as possible. Menses Ki Pain Ka ilaj | Period Ki Kharabi | Mahwari Ki Ziadti