Injuries

Three Types of Ovarian Cancer Risks

Ovarian cancer affects one of three different cell types in the organ. Depending on the affected cell, the woman may develop one of three types of ovarian cancer. Understanding the symptoms of these diseases may facilitate early detection and treatment.

Epithelial Cell Carcinoma

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This ovarian cancer type is the most common, representing about 89% of cases, according to the Foundation for Women’s Cancer. It occurs when cancer develops in the cells that line the ovaries. Because ovarian epithelial cell carcinoma rarely shows symptoms early on, diagnosis is often delayed until the disease has progressed. Women are more likely to develop this type of cancer with a family history of ovarian cancer and colon cancer, ovarian cancer and breast cancer, or ovarian cancer alone. This risk is even more pronounced if you have two or more first-degree family members with this type of cancer history. Individuals with the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which indicate a high risk of breast cancer, also have an elevated risk of ovarian cancer. Treatment for epithelial cell carcinoma depends on the extent of the disease’s spread. In the early stages, the doctor typically recommends surgery to remove the cancerous growth, often followed by chemotherapy.

Germ Cell Ovarian Cancer

Several forms of ovarian cancer fall into this category, which develops from the body’s egg cells. Women over 20 are at the highest risk for this type of cancer, which multiplies and can become quite large. However, people who develop germ cell cancer often have positive outcomes with surgical treatment followed by chemotherapy.

Stromal Cell Ovarian Cancer

This rare form of cancer develops from the ovarian cells. Tumors associated with stromal cell ovarian cancer grow slowly and secrete hormones. Sometimes, women with this type of cancer experience facial hair growth, acne, or uterine bleeding. Because these symptoms lead to early diagnosis, patients usually show good outcomes with surgical treatment.

In general, ovarian cancer is associated with advanced age, family history, genetics, and hormone replacement therapy. Research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston shows that some cases of this disease develop after exposure to talcum powder. If you or a family member has developed ovarian cancer symptoms after using this product, schedule a meeting with D’Amico Law Offices, LLC, to determine whether you have a valid product liability lawsuit. Contact us at 412-906-8180 for a consultation with our Pittsburgh attorneys.

Four Common Car Accident Injuries

While many car accidents result only in minor cuts and bruises, others can sometimes cause serious personal injuries. Because of physical forces, positioning, and other factors, some types of injuries occur more often than others. Understanding the symptoms of common car accident injuries can help you determine when to seek medical care after a collision.

Soft Tissue Injuries

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These injuries affect the tendons, ligaments, and muscles of the body, also known as soft tissue. The sudden impact that happens in a collision often damages the soft tissue in the head and neck, causing whiplash. Sprains to the middle and lower back are also common since the impact imposes sudden movement on the spine. Pain, stiffness, and loss of mobility characterize the soft tissue injuries that occur in a car accident.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

When the head collides with the window, dashboard, or steering wheel in a car accident, traumatic brain injury can result. Depending on the speed and force, the effects of these injuries can range from a concussion to a long-lasting coma. Some individuals experience permanent issues with cognitive function. See a doctor right away if you or a loved one displays unconsciousness, confusion, vision problems, hearing loss, mood changes, forgetfulness, or severe headaches after a collision.

Broken Bones

Temporary or permanent disability can result from severe bone fractures. Common car accident fractures include injuries to the arms, legs, skull, and spinal vertebrae. When broken ribs occur, the person may also have injuries to the internal organs.

Psychological Damage

Doctors are just beginning to understand the long-term mental health effects a traumatic event like a car accident can cause. A serious injury can result in post-traumatic stress disorder, which can cause symptoms that interfere with normal functions at work, school, and home. Auto accident injuries are also associated with psychological conditions, such as anxiety and depression.

If you become unable to work and pay medical bills after a serious injury, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Pennsylvania residents can file a legal claim for the costs associated with an accident in which another driver was at fault. For a consultation about your case, contact D’Amico Law Offices, LLC. Call 412-906-8180 to talk to our experienced attorneys serving Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas.