Dr Oz: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Dr Oz’s show on Ovarian Cancer included a question and answer segment from women in Doctor Oz’s audience. Hailey, a 22-year-old lady, said that she was diagnosed with PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome when she was 17 years old, and she wanted to know if that put her at a higher risk for getting Ovarian Cancer or any other type of cancer in the future. Dr Carol Brown told Hailey that having PCOS can increase your risk of having Endometrial Cancer, which is a cancer of the lining of your uterus. However, as far as science currently knows, PCOS does not increase your risk of other types of cancer like Ovarian Cancer. Dr Oz told Hailey that it is important that her Gynecologist always knows that she has PCOS though, because it can also lead to other issues like infertility. But luckily doctors seem to know a lot more about it now than they used to, so it can often be treated and PCOS can even be reversed apparently!
Dr Oz: Do Pap Smears Detect Ovarian Cancer?
Doctor Oz was asked by a lady named Marilyn if Pap Smears can help to detect Ovarian Cancer? Dr Barbara Goff said that there is a lot of misinformation out there about what Pap Smears do and do not do. Pap Smears can only help find and detect Cervical Cancer, but they cannot do anything about detecting Ovarian Cancer. Instead, you should ask your doctor to do these three Ovarian Cancer Tests if you think you might have it.
Dr Oz: What Age Do People Get Ovarian Cancer?
Dr Oz got a question from a lady named Stacey in his audience about the typical age of women who get Ovarian Cancer. Is there a certain age where women should be more concerned about Ovarian Cancer? Dr Carol Brown said that typically women get Ovarian cancer when they are older, but you could be younger and still get it, especially if you have a family history of it. Dr Oz said that he heard about a girl in Dallas, Texas who got Ovarian Cancer when she was just 11 years old.