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Elder Care Tips by Interim Healthcare: Elder Care for the Female Patient

Posted: 9/3/2014 11:40 AM by Interim HealthCare
When it comes to elder care for the female patient, there are going to be a number of aspects that will differ when caring for a male patient. For elderly women, various types of cancer are certainly a concern. One of those happens to be ovarian cancer and September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

Some facts about ovarian cancer that every woman should know.

The earlier that any type of cancer is diagnosed, the better the prognosis is for long-term survival rates. When it comes to home care for elderly women, their age shouldn’t matter with regard to ovarian cancer. The risk will be there regardless of how old they are.

One staggering statistic with regard to ovarian cancer is that when it is diagnosed while still in a localized stage, meaning that it is isolated to the ovaries, the five-year survival rate is 93%. Of course, the statistics are gauged over all age groups, so survival rates for elderly women will significantly drop, depending on their actual age.

The more startling statistic about ovarian cancer with regard to these five-year survival rates is that only about 15% of cases are diagnosed at this localized stage. 17% are diagnosed at the regional stage where the cancer has spread to lymph nodes. 62% of ovarian cancer is diagnosed after it has metastasized to other organs in the body. When this happens, survival rates decreased significantly.

Being aware of symptoms that could indicate ovarian cancer is one of the best ways to help keep women healthy.

Some of the most common symptoms include an increase in abdominal size as well as persistent bloating.

Also, the woman may have difficulty eating or she may feel as though she is full very quickly when she starts to eat. She may have abdominal or pelvic pain as well. Having difficulty going to the bathroom or suddenly needing to use the bathroom or having to use it more often could also indicate a potential problem.

Far too many women believe that a cervical smear test, also known as Pap test, will detect ovarian cancer. It will not. So if you are providing any type of elder care for a female patient and you notice certain symptoms that could indicate the early stages of ovarian cancer, talk to her about seeing her doctor and being tested. The sooner that it is detected, the better her outlook will be for overcoming it and continuing to live a full and healthy life.

If you have an aging loved one and are considering home care services, contact Interim HealthCare today. G+

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