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How Do You Check For Ovarian Cancer
Many 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
A boy/man has: 2 testicles, one on each side of the scrotum, located behnd yur penis. Isolate each testicle and rub your finger from top to bottom, front and back, each side. Usually there is a lump and a tube in the back called a an epididymus--normal. Compare sides, should be similar. Repeat monthly. Questions? See your doc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It's easy: Palpate your testes / "testicles". Get familiar with the contents of your scrotum, finding the epididymis and spermatic cord and the plexus of veins. Any other mass on the testis needs to be checked. Most of us men handle ourselves often enough so that we need not plan special times! that's a good thing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nothing good: Unfortunately there is nothing that's accurate. We sometimes use ultrasound and a blood test called CA125 to screen very high risk people like those with a family history of ovarian/breast cancer or Ashkenazi Jewish. However, even in this group we are not very good at preventing ovarian cancer and making people live longer. There are some tests in development and hopefully it will be reality soon ...Read more
How can I be tested for ovarian cancer? What type of tests do they use to determine if you have ovarian cancer?
Exam, not a CA-125!: A ca-125 test should not be ordered unless there is a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. This test can be elevated in a number of benign conditions. Regular follow up with your gynecologist is the best way. If there is a concern based on symptoms or an exam, your gynecologist may obtain a transvaginal ultrasound. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Mammogram, etc.: The best test to screen for breast cancer is a mammogram. Most organizations in the US recommend beginning this at age 40, unless one is at high risk. This may be supplemented by yearly physician examination and monthly breast self-examination. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends on type...: Screening for "cancer" depends upon the type and location of disease. One example of cancer screening is the pap test in which cells are scraped from the cervix to screen for cervical cancer and cancer precursors. Another example is undergoing colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer. Another example is blood testing, such as psa levels for prostate cancer. Testing depends upon the cancer type. ...Read more
Blood test and exam: The current screening tests include a blood test and digital rectal examination. Imaging studies and x-rays are not part of the screening process. The screening tests should be performed once yearly unless you have risk factors. Screening is recommended to start at age 50 unless you have risk factors and may start earlier if there are risk factors. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do you test for lung cancer? What kind of tests do you need to have to check if you have lung cancer?
CT screening: If there is specific lesion, biopsies will need to be obtained. Ct scan is used to screen. Lung cancer is often silent until late. However, there is screening for appropriate candidates to help find it early. The following link may help: http://goo.Gl/oqvsp. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Colonoscopy: We can check for blood in the stool and that will catch about 50% of the colon cancers. Current recommendations also include colonoscopy starting at age 50 which will catch most of the cancers and is our most powerful tool in preventing colon cancer. Polyps that will go on to form cancer are found during the colonoscopy. This should be done every 10 years. People at high risk would have more frequ. ...Read more
Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy remains the gold standard for colorectal ca screening. Flexible sigmoidoscopy plus a barium enema are a less expensive alternative. Recently, special cat scans have been used as a less invasive screening alternative, however, if an abnormality is seen, colonoscopy is then necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chances remote: All women have cysts on their ovarys as they produce eggs. The overwhelming majority regress spontaneously. If one does not on serial ultrasounds, an aspiration(sucking out some of the fluid in the cyst) can be done under ultrasound or ct guidance/. ...Read more
Probably not.: Ca-125 is useful for diagnosis and follow up of the disease, but it by itself is not effective to screen for early-stage ovarian cancer due to its low sensitivity and specificity. Therefore, it should not be the only test to tell if cancer free. Other tsts, like transvaginal ultrasound, may be needed. ...Read more
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