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Monthly Archives: August 2013
Posted on August 6, 2013
CAUSES – Ovarian cancer starts in the ovaries. The ovaries are the female reproductive organs that produce eggs. Doctors do not know exactly what causes ovarian cancer. There are some factors and conditions that may increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer. A family history of breast or uterine cancer also confers an increased risk for the development of ovarian cancer. If a woman has ovarian cancer and her daughter develops ovarian cancer, the daughter will probably develop the cancer at a relatively young age. Women who have never given birth have a greater risk of developing ovarian cancer than women who have had children. The number of childbirths correlates directly with a decrease in risk for developing ovarian cancer.
TREATMENT – Surgery is the usual first treatment for ovarian cancer. Surgery is used to treat all stages of ovarian cancer. Surgery performed by a specialist in female reproductive cancer has been shown to result in a higher success rate. For earlier stage of ovarian cancer, surgery may be the only treatment. Surgery involves:
- Removal of the uterus (total hysterectomy)
- Removal of both ovaries and fallopian tubes (bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy)
- Partial or complete removal of the omentum, the fatty layer that covers and pads organs in the abdomen
- Examination, biopsy, or removal of the lymph nodes and other tissues in the pelvis and abdomen
PREVENTION – It is best to discuss with your doctor about specific treatments if you are considered high risk for ovarian cancer.
Posted on August 6, 2013
CAUSES – The individual who suffers from Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) becomes trapped in a pattern of repetitive thoughts and behaviors that are senseless and distressing but extremely difficult to overcome. Most people with OCD resort to repetitive behaviors called compulsions. The most common of these are washing and checking to see if something is locked, closed, etc. Abnormalities in other parts of the brain and an imbalance of brain chemicals, especially serotonin, may contribute to OCD. Researchers are still trying to pinpoint the exact cause, but, genetic influences, and environmental factors are being studied.
TREATMENT – Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your doctor may prescribe only counseling or counseling and an antidepressant, such as fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, or sertraline. Antidepressants are considered the most effective medicine for OCD, researchers are studying whether other medicines can be combined with antidepressants for better results. For relieving anxiety of OCD, alternative therapies such as massage and yoga are helpful.
PREVENTION – There is no clear preventative measures as to not becoming obsessive. The best way to prevent a relapse of OCD symptoms is by staying with your therapy and taking any medicines exactly as they have been prescribed.