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Isnt it better to be testing for ovarian cancer earlier?

Isnt it better to be testing for ovarian cancer earlier?

Makes sense but....: It is a great idea but unfortunately there is no screening test available that can identify ovarian cancer early on in women. ...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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How accurate is the genetic testing for ovarian cancer?

How accurate is the genetic testing for ovarian cancer?

Very if BRCA mutated: The genes brca1 and brca2 cause breast-ovarian cancer, suspected when women have onset of breast cancer before menopause or when there are several cases of breast/ovarian cancer in a family. Women with a brca mutation have as much as a 50% lifetime risk for ovarian cancer (85% for breast) and often choose prophylactic oophorectomy after positive brca testing since there is no good clinical screen. ...Read more

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Mom got ovarian cancer at 37. None of her other family got it or any other cancer. Should I consider genetic testing? How do I lower my risk?

Mom got ovarian cancer at 37. None of her other family got it or any other cancer. Should I consider genetic testing? How do I lower my risk?

No: While genetic testing has value in certain malignancies pointing out who is succeptible and requires careful evaluation such as in breast cancer and congenital polyposis as well as the Lynch Syndrome, ovarian adenoma ca has no major impact from congenital abnormalities. A periodic pelvic sonogram or digital pelvic exam yearly or bi yearly may be helpful ...Read more

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My aunt (dad's sis) and grt-grandma (pat grandma's mom) both died of ovarian cancer. How likely is it hereditary? Would genetic testing be good idea?

My aunt (dad's sis) and grt-grandma (pat grandma's mom) both died of ovarian cancer.  How likely is it hereditary? Would genetic testing be good idea?

Possibly: Two family members with ovarian cancer is not that common. There are a few inherited conditions that increase ovarian cancer risk. I would suggest that you gather all family info you can get hold of (all family with or without cancer) and visit with your gyn or family doc. They will decide of you need to be seen by a specialist in hereditary cancer. ...Read more

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How can I be tested for ovarian cancer? What type of tests do they use to determine if you have ovarian cancer?

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

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How does one get ovarian cancer after removal of ovaries?

How does one get ovarian cancer after removal of ovaries?

Tissue cell migratio: When ovaries have been removed you may have stray cells inorgans& other parts of body, and it is possible to get cancer usually in peritonium.So it is possible even after removal of ovaries. ...Read more

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When should you start getting tested for ovarian cancer if family history of it?

When should you start getting tested for ovarian cancer if family history of it?

BRAC testing: With a family history of ovarian cancer, you might want to consider brac 1 and 2 testing. A mutation in one of these genes has a dramatic effect on your risk of both ovarian and breast cancer. To answer your question, there is no perfect age, because there is no perfect test for ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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One ovary was a little bit bigger than the other. Isn't that a sign of ovarian cancer?

Normal: It is normal to have some asymmetry in size. Depends on normal cyst, time of cycle. ...Read more

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Are pain and bloating enough signs to get tested for ovarian cancer?

Are pain and bloating enough signs to get tested for ovarian cancer?

It depends.: Pain and bloating can be signs of ovarian cancer, but they can be just from a painful period. Ovarian cancer would be more likely in older women, like 40+ years, and most likely in women 70+ years. Other tests, like pelvic exam, ca-125, and transvaginal ultrasound would be needed. ...Read more

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