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A 47-year-old female asked:

is there a difference in symptoms associated with ovarian cysts and ovarian cancer?

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Dr. Edward Jacobs
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
No: Ovarian ca may cause pain and appear as a cystic mass on ultrasound, just like a benign ovarian cyst. Ovarian cancer may occur in pre- and post-menopausal women. It is often associated with gastro-intestinal symptoms. Most cysts in pre-menopausal women are benign, but, you must see your gyn regularly to follow it.
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Hematology and Oncology 17 years experience
Difficult : Difficult to discern just by symptoms, needs an evaluation by a physician to work up in detail.

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