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Are Women With Diabetes More Likely To Get Ovarian Cancer
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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
Less under age of 40: Incidence is less in premenopausal woman, but not immune at any age, most common after the age of 40. ...Read more
Ovarian cancer: Ovarian cancer commonly spreads by the cancer cells sloughing off the ovary, floating in the abdominal cavity, and planting in other areas, especially where the fluid pools. The bladder surface is one of those areas where implants commonly occur, and can cause blood in the urine. Sometimes the ovarian tumor itself can rest on the bladder and cause bladder irritation, and potentially bleeding. ...Read more
Rare if no ovaries: The term complete hysterectomy refers to removal of the uterus and cervix and not the ovaries. The term "complete hysterectomy" is often misused to imply that the ovaries were removed as well. If we can assume the ovaries were removed, it would be very rare to develop ovarian cancer (provided both ovaries are benign at the time of removal) in the future. ...Read more
Yes: Although its extremely rare, and usually involves an ovarian remnant. ...Read more
I jus been diagnosed with pcos. Bled for 2months. Dr put me on bcontrol. I'm only17 bu scared I may get endometrial or ovarian cancer? Likely 4 my age?
BCP will help: First birth control pills will reduce your lifetime risk of getting ovarian cancer, and can reduce risk of endometrial cancer as well by regulating periods. Neither type of cancer is common at all in your age group. I hope this helps. Unregulated, unmanaged bleeding in a woman with PCOS is a risk for developing endometrial cancer so keep up with your doctor, take care of your health. ...Read more
28 yr f. 8 + pregnant test. Period 1.5 weeks late. Ov cancer causes false positives? Worried. Do women still get their monthly periods with ovarian cancer?
Not ovarian cancer: Only in very rare cases does ovarian cancer cause a positive pregnancy test. Embryonal cell carcinomas, ovarian choriocarcinomas, mixed germ cell tumors, and some dysgerminomas are the only ovarian cancers that produce HCG (positive pregnancy test). All of these types of tumors comprise less than 5% of all ovarian cancers. Have your local ob/gyn get an ultrasound of your pelvis. ...Read more
1 great-aunt breast cancer@ 71 no other history most women had hysterectomy so don't know if ovarian cancer is issue should I get brac tested?
Personal decision: Your history is not a high risk one. You can ask to have genetic counseling with your breast center to see if your are a good candidate for brca gene testing. You can ask your doctor to run it but unfortunately it is pretty expensive. Check with your doctor. ...Read more
Among many: BRCA1/2: There are a number of genes associated with increased risk of developing breast cancer. BRCA1 & 2 are the most known and studied but other genes are: TP53, PTEN, PALB2, CHEK2 ... (see list at http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/type/breast-cancer/about/risks/breast-cancer-genes) NCI has good info on BRCA1/2 at http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/BRCA as a starting point ...Read more
There is a gene you can have that makes you more likely to get breast and ovarian cancer that is hereditary. What gene is that?
Missed period, bloating, NOT pregnant. Mild cramps. Worried its ovarian cancer.18 year old female. I also get sever cramps during periods. Help please?
The same cancer: Recurrence means that it's the same cancer that has come back. While it may come back in a different place in the abdomen-- the cell type is the same regardless even if the ovaries are no longer there. A biopsy will show if the recurrence is consistent with the original cancer. ...Read more
Ovarian ca: When one is symptomatic due to ovarian cancer- that means the cancer at least already in stage 3 or 4. That means, the cancer has gone outside from the ovary and goes to the peritoneum, mesentery, lymph nodes, or other organs- that is the reason why you have symptoms. If it is in a very early stage- usually it is asymptomatic. ...Read more
Estrogen : One theory is that, assuming they don't get pregnant, there is no real break from the sustained exposure to estrogen that is associated with the non-pregnant state. Again, the assumption here is that non-single (heterosexually married) women are pregnant or "more pregnant" (e.g. higher likelihood of pregnancy) than their counterparts. ...Read more
SEE A Doctor!!!: Symptoms of ovarian cancer are not specific. They often mimic other common conditions. These may include: abdominal pressure, fullness, swelling or bloating, pelvic discomfort or pain, persistent indigestion, gas or nausea, changes in bowel habits, such as constipation, changes in bladder habits, including a frequent need to urinate, loss of appetite or quickly feeling full, and low back pain. ...Read more
Yes: "Hysterectomy " technically means removal of the uterus, not the ovaries and the uterus. A bso (bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy) means removal of both ovaries and fallopian tubes. Even if the ovaries have been removed, there is a very small chance that ovarian cancer can develop from cells that line the abdominal cavity. This chance is much less than 1 in 100. ...Read more
Depends: Survival depends on stage of disease at presentation. Early stage disease (1 and 2) tend to have the best outcomes. Stage 3 disease will depend upon whether there is relapse and how long after chemotherapy the relapse occurred- the longer after the better the chances. For women with stage 4 disease the survival will depend upon whether they go into remission or not. ...Read more