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How is ovarian cancer detected?

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A few ways: Often it's asymptomatic until it's well advanced. If there's any early symptoms it's going to be vague ones that ladies are plagued with anyway like bloating and pelvic pain and bladder irritation. Testing 1st involves a pelvic exam (a small mass will be hard to feel), an ultrasound, possibly an MRI. A ca125 is a blood test that's usually elevated in ovarian cancer, but other things elevate it too.

Answered 11/19/2014

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Ovarian cancer: Ovarian cancer is often found because a patient has persistent complaints of pain, bloating, urinary urgency or discomfort. There is no screening test. If a mass is found and a patient has an elevated ca 125 or a family history o breast or ovarian cancer, the patient is referred to a gynecologic oncologist for surgery.

Answered 12/9/2013

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As early as possible: Unfortunately, ovarian cancer is often missed during its early stages, as it either causes no symptoms at all, or only very general symptoms, until it becomes quite advanced. Like all cancers, though, ovarian cancer has a much higher cure rate when detected at an early stage, .

Answered 8/11/2013

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