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A 35-year-old member asked:

can an enlarged ovary be cancer?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Many causes: There can be ovarian cysts, benign growths or tumors, cancerous tumors. An ultrasound and evaluation by a gynecologist or gynecologic oncologist can help distinguish the cause of enlargement. Often it is not a cause of worry unless one is postmenopausal, then it can be more worrisome. I have shared this with gyn subspecialists for more detailed information in comments or answers.
Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Pathology 23 years experience
Possibly: There are many reasons for enlarged ovaries, commonly cysts. Other conditions, both benign and cancerous can cause enlarged ovaries.

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Do enlarged ovaries mean cancer?

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They do not have to.: Ovaries might be naturally large, or they might be enlarged because of like ovarian cysts, or conditions like polycystic ovaries. This would have problems like chronic anovulation, normal to increased testosterone, and lh/fsh ratio. But cancer should be ruled out, especially in older patients with pain, bloating, and weight gain. A ca=125, pelvic exam, and transvaginal us are initial tests.
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A 32-year-old female asked:

I'm 32 & my mom died at age 33 from ovarian ca. My left ovary is enlarged & my dr wants to see me & do a repeat us in 3 months. Could it be cancer?

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Dr. Caren Reaves
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Unlikely but possibl: I know how worried you may be. Without the results of your us, it's hard to comment but I have to trust there were no suspicious findings or your doc would have referred you. Have you done a ca-125 level? If that is elevated, i'd rec a referral to a gyn-onc given your family history. Also, have you considered testing for the brca 1/2 genes? If positive, there are certainly some proactive steps.

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