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expert opinion - should ovarian cancer show up in a routine bloodtest?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Yes/no: Cancer per se rarely shows up in blood. But there is a chemical test we can do, it is called ca 125 which usually runs high and makes us think about ovarain cancer if the level is raise above 100(normal is unde r35).

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How can I reduce my risk for ovarian cancer?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Don't smoke: Many of the risk factors for ovarian cancer can't be changed- such as family history, early onset of menses, late menses, and no pregnancies. Enviromnental risk factors include smoking and obesity.
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How is ovarian cancer diagnosed?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Biopsy: (see similar question/answer). Most (all?) cancers need a biopsy to be definitively diagnosed. Tests such as imaging (eg, pelvic ultrasound) or laboratory tests (eg, ca-125) may be suspicious for ovarian cancer, but a biopsy and pathology study needs to be done.
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Who is at risk for ovarian cancer?

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Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Obstetrics and Gynecology 43 years experience
Increased risk...: ...is associated with increased age, women with a family history of ovarian or breast cancer, women with the genetic BRCA modifications, and certain ethnicities. These groups have a higher risk than the overall lifetime risk for women in the US of 1.6%.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What tests can diagnose ovarian cancer?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Biopsy: While imaging (eg, pelvic ultrasound) or laboratory tests (eg, ca-125) may be suspicious for ovarian cancer, only a biopsy can definitively diagnosis ovarian cancer.
A 21-year-old member asked:

After treatment for ovarian cancer, how often do I need to be checked?

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Dr. Merry Jennifer Markham
Dr. Merry Jennifer Markhamanswered
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Frequently at first: Often, there is very close follow up after ovarian cancer treatment - every 3-4 months generally. Once the cancer is in remission for over a year or so, this may extend to every 6 months. The exact follow-up schedule will depend on the type of ovarian cancer, stage of the cancer, and type of treatment.

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