Symptoms of ovarian cancer like the one that Sara Carbonero has had

"When we still had not recovered from a scare, the lifetime It has surprised us again. This time it has touched me, that happy word of six letters that I still find it difficult to write. A few days ago, in a review, the doctors they saw me a malignant ovarian tumor and I've already had surgery. Everything has gone very well, fortunately we have caught it very early, but I still have a few months of struggle while I follow the corresponding treatment … "Thus begins the 'post' that Sara Carbonero has put in his profile of Instagram confessing one of the hardest moments of his life.

This type of Cancer It is the sixth most frequent among women, with approximately 205,000 new cases a year worldwide (represents between 4 and 5% of female tumors), and in our country are diagnosed 3,300 cases per year (5.1% of cases of this disease, behind those of breast, colorectal and those of uterus).

In Spain, the incidence can be considered high (World adjusted rate in 2002: 9.9 new cases / 100,000 inhabitants / year), with a slow but steady rise since the sixties, according to the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC). It is a tumor own middle age. Most cases are diagnosed between 45 and 75 years old, although there is a significant number from the 30 and it is not uncommon to find them in young people from 15.


You can submit different signs and symptoms, especially if the disease has spread. However, at an early stage some common ones can also be located, such as abdominal distension (swelling), pelvic pain, difficulty eating food or feeling of very immediate satiety Y urgency to go to the bathroom or too often. There is currently no effective method to facilitate early diagnosis, which is why Up to 75% of cases are presented in advanced stages.

Do not be alarmed, it is possible that if you have any of these symptoms it has nothing to do with this type of disease. If you suspect that it may be like this, go to your doctor to assess your situation. These symptoms are more likely to be caused by other conditions and most occur almost as often in women who do not have ovarian cancer. But if you present them more than 12 times per month, go to a specialist.

This type of cancer is the sixth most frequent among women, with approximately 205,000 new cases a year worldwide

Fatigue, Stomach problems, back pain or during sexual intercourse, constipation, changes in the menstrual period (more bleeding or irregular) or weight loss are other signs that you should take into account. There are several histological types: the most frequent are the serous carcinomas (32%), adenocarcinomas (20%) and mucinous carcinomas (12%) The germ cell tumors they only symbolize 2%, but it is precisely those that are diagnosed in the youngest, those that best respond to treatments and, therefore, those that have the best survival rate.


Approximately 44% of patients suffering from ovarian cancer in Spain Survive more than five years. It is a global survival, regardless of age, histological type or stage of the disease. In our country, the rate is higher than the European average and stands at 37%. During the last decade, it has improved and the trend is expected to continue.

"A few days ago, in a review, the doctors saw me a malignant ovarian tumor and I have already had surgery, everything went very well"

The treatments are very varied. Some are local (without affecting the rest of the body), such as surgery or radiation therapy. There are also systemic: The drugs that are used can reach cancer cells in almost any part of the body. They can be administered orally or directly into the bloodstream, and can be hormonal therapies or chemotherapy.

In general, the procedures are based on the type of ovarian cancer, its stage and any special situation. Most women will undergo some type of intervention to remove the tumor. Depending on how advanced or how advanced you may be, you may also need another type of treatment, either before or after surgery.