U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 37-year-old member asked:

how can doctors distinguish between cervical and ovarian cancer?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Location and path.: The cervix and the ovary are two different structures, so the location of the cancer is usually different. Also, the cancer cells look different under the microscope. A pathologist who specializes in looking at cells will look at the pieces of tissue and apply special stains to tell where the cancer came from. I hope that helps!

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Similar questions

A 32-year-old member asked:

What to do if I am scared I'm dying of cervical or ovarian cancer?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
2 separate issues: First: cancer risk. Ovarian cancer is bad but not common unless a patient carries a high risk gene like BRCA and even then it would be unlikely at your age. Cervical cancer (or pre malignant changes) can happen at your age. By now you should be getting Pap smears and HPV test per standards of care. Talk to your doc about this and ask him if you need to see a risk assessment specialist.
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Provided original answer
Of course, if you have symptoms, you need to be checked. Second: Anxiety. Do not let anxiety rule your life. Talk to your doc about this too. There are many ways to deal with this. Can't live in fear.
Jul 24, 2014
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of cervical and ovarian cancer?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jekwon Yeh
Radiation Oncology 13 years experience
Pain and Bleeding: Cervical cancer can present with pain and bleeding from the vagina. Ovarian cancer is tough to diagnose as it cant be picked up on a PAP smear like cervical cancer. Ovarian cancers normally present with pelvic pain.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between cervical and ovarian cancer?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Vasilev
Gynecologic Oncology 37 years experience
Completely different: Ovarian cancer is cancer of the ovaries, which is usually sporadic or "non-family history" cancer, but can be in about 10-20% of cases. Cervical cancer is cancer of the uterine cervix which is the lower end of the uterus. This is at least partly caused by the Human Papilloma Virus. Pap and HPV testing is very good for cervical cancer screening, while there is no good ovarian cancer screening yet
A 42-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of cervical and ovarian cancer?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jekwon Yeh
Radiation Oncology 13 years experience
HPV: cervical cancer is caused by the HPV virus.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can you get cervical and ovarian cancer together?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: Both are common -- thankfully, cervical cancer is usually caught early when it's very curable, and many ovarians cancers are caught early as well.

Related questions

A 34-year-old member asked:
4 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
A 24-year-old member asked:
3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
A 26-year-old female asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month
Last updated Jun 11, 2017
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.