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Is the blood marker lpa (lysophosphatidic acid) an effective screening tool for ovarian cancer?

Is the blood marker lpa (lysophosphatidic acid) an effective screening tool for ovarian cancer?

No: Unfortunately, there are no good "screening" tests for ovarian cancer. When an ovarian cyst or mass is present and appears suspicious, your doctor may draw a ca-125 or ova-1 test. These tests can help predict the likelihood that it may or may not be concerning for cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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Any good easy blood test to screen for ovarian cancer yet?

Any good easy blood test to screen for ovarian cancer yet?

No: Some may offer a ca-125 blood test as a screening for ovarian cancer. Unfortunately, while ca-125 is found in 80-90% of ovarian cancer patients, it is not very specific (meaning it is elevated in a number of conditions) and is not found in early cancers. It is better used as a method of following cancer treatment and progression, once it is diagnosed. ...Read more

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Are there any good tests for ovarian cancer screening?

Are there any good tests for ovarian cancer screening?

Annual exam: The best screening remains the annual pelvic exam coupled with a careful history. The ca125 , ova-1 and other tumor markers in conjunction with a vaginal probe ultrasound are useful in some patients. Always report any unusual symptoms to your gynecologist. Pay attention to your body. ...Read more

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I was just wondering when and if I should start screening for ovarian cancer?

I was just wondering when and if I should start screening for ovarian cancer?

No guidelines: There are no screening guidelines for ovarian cancer unless you are known to have a genetic predisposition (because of certain gene mutations that have been tested in you e.g. Brca) or you have a family history. Here is a good resource on ovarian cancer http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/ovarian-cancer. ...Read more

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What is the best screening for ovarian cancer?

What is the best screening for ovarian cancer?

None: There are no screening tests for ovarian cancer that have proven to be benifical. Ca-125 marker testing, pelvic us, pelvic exams have not been conclusivly demonstrated to improve outcomes. The best thing to do would be to ask your doctor what he/she feel is right for you in your situation. ...Read more

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How do I know exactly what happens during an ovarian cancer screening?

How do I know exactly what happens during an ovarian cancer screening?

There is no screen: There is no screening test for ovarian cancer to date. If there is a question of an abnormal exam finding, an ultrasound may be ordered to look at the ovary. Ovarian cancer has no screening test which is why it is often found at later stages. ...Read more

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Is there a specific test for ovarian cancer screening? What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Is there a specific test for ovarian cancer screening? What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

No good screen test: No good screening for ovarian cancer. It requires high awareness from the patient, low threshold of suspicion of md, multiple modalities to detect earlier case of cancer. Symptoms are not specific either that may include non specific lower abdominal pain, abdominal distention, nausea/vomiting, constipation, weight loss etc. However, when you do have symptoms usually the stage would be more advance. ...Read more

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Is there any screening test that my doctor can order to check if I have ovarian cancer and catch it early?

A good test? No: Unfortunately, there is not good early screening test for ovarian cancer. If u happen to have a strong family history of the disease, it might be worthwhile to do a genetic test. 1 ovary test ca-125, is good for following a know ovarian cancer, but as a screening test, it doesn't pan out as a good test. A pelvic exam, and an ultrasound can be done also, but they are not good at early detection. ...Read more

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If a family member has ovarian cancer, can genetic screening determine if other family members will get the disease?

If a family member has ovarian cancer, can genetic screening determine if other family members will get the disease?

Yes: Ovarian cancer, especially pre-menopausal ovarian cancer is a rare disease and i recommend family members of such patients atleast have a genetics consultation to talk about testing. Brca-1 and brca-2 mutations put women at a much higher risk of developing ovarian, breast and endometrial cancers. More common in jewish women. Hnpcc (lynch syndrome) also increases the risks of female cancers. ...Read more

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How to screen or test for ovarian cancer?

How to screen or test for ovarian cancer?

No sure test: There is no established screening test fit for mass use. Blood tests such as ca125 level has been used. Scannng such as pelvic ultrasound or ct scans have ben employed too. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Ovarian Cancer (Definition)

It is a cancer which arises from the ovary. This cancer is typically silent, producing little or no symptoms till it spreads, first into the pelvic area and later into the peritoneal cavity leading to fluid accumulation(ascites) which is often the first symptom. Despite its late presentation, there is a reasonable treatment for it, with some long term survivors even ...Read more


Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more