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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
please feel free to follow me along this path
i will continue blogging on organic gardening, green living,
solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

ovarian cancer, alzheimers study

here are some of the stastistics

one in 58 women will develop ovarian cancer in her

about 21,000+ women were diagnosed with ovarian
cancer in a recent year

15,000+ women died of ovarian cancer in that same

if diagnosed early in stage 1 there is a 90% chance of

however only 20% are diagnosed in the early stages

symptoms are vague       see patients every day with
these symptoms      symptoms are bloating, upset stomach,
heart burn, fatigue, back pain, pain during sex, constipation,
menstrual changes, urge to urinate, frequency of urination,
pelvic pain, trouble eating, feeling full quickly

diagnosing is difficult

ca-125 is not a good screening tool as 20% of women
with ovarian cancer are negative     some women
will have a natural occurring ca-125  

ca125 is mainly used to monitor cases of surgically
diagnosed ovarian cancer

only 20% will have a family history of ovarian cancer

brac1 and brac2 genes(for breast cancer and ovarian cancer)
 are inherited via either parent     consider testing if there is
a positive family history of these two diseases

birth control pills may decrease the risk of developing
ovarian cancer

treatment is with surgery, radiation treatment, and chemotherapy

american cancer society says that eating right, being active,
and maintaining a healthy weight is important ways to reduce
your risks of developing ovarian cancer, other cancers, and
other diseases

for more information go to www.ovarian.org
this is the website for the national ovarian cancer coalition


next week will be going to a medical center for the
initial evaluation to be included in an alzhiemers study (adni)
as a control subject     will blog about this after each

the organicgreen doctor

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