When it comes to women diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancer, a lot of women are unaware of what’s going on in their bodies, and this is a common mistake, according to the latest study.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that nearly 70% of women with breast, ovarian and cervical cancer were not aware of the disease’s symptoms.
“It is very important for the patient to be informed,” says Dr. Sarah J. Meehan, an endocrinologist and professor at the University of Washington.
“But the biggest challenge is that there are very few resources available for the breast cancer patient.”
The research team found that the most common misconception is that breast cancer is a cancer of the breasts, and not of the uterus or ovaries.
The researchers were also surprised to find that the breast disease may actually be triggered by changes in estrogen levels.
“When a woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer and estrogen levels are elevated, it’s the endometrial cells that are more susceptible to cancer growth,” says Meeha.
“And when we look at breast cancer, the endocrine system plays a role in the development of breast cancer.”
This is because estrogen increases the production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone.
And progesterones are important in controlling the growth of the breast, which is why it’s important to get regular breast exams to check for the signs of a cancer in the endocervical or ovarian area.
While most doctors may not be aware of this, it is important to be aware that breast and ovarian cancer are extremely different cancers, and that not all women will experience symptoms.
And the symptoms you might see might not be related to the specific breast cancer you have.
To find out more about the study, including how to find out what you should be seeing, and to find other ways to support women with cancer, click here.