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Can you get ovarian cancer after a hysterectomy?

Can you get ovarian cancer after a hysterectomy?

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

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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How can you have ovarian cancer if your uterus and ovaries have been removed?

How can you have ovarian cancer if your uterus and ovaries have been removed?

Primary peritoneal : There is a disease which looks like ovarian cancer under the microscope; is treated like ovarian cancer and has the same type of symptoms. It is called primary peritoneal carcinoma. Removal of the ovaries does not decrease the risk of having this disease. ...Read more

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Can you get uterine cancer after removal of your ovaries?

Can you get uterine cancer after removal of your ovaries?

Yes: Since the uterus is still present, cancer can develop in it. Additionally, even with ovaries removed, there are sometimes ovarian cells present that may lead to ovarian or "primary peritoneal" cancer from similar cells lining the abdominal cavity. ...Read more

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Can you get cervical and ovarian cancer together?

Can you get cervical and ovarian cancer together?

Yes: Both are common -- thankfully, cervical cancer is usually caught early when it's very curable, and many ovarians cancers are caught early as well. ...Read more

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Can you get ovarian cysts after you have a uterine ablation?

Can you get ovarian cysts after you have a uterine ablation?

Yes: Ablation can help with abnormal bleeding but doesn't help with ovarian issues like cysts. ...Read more

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How do you know when your ovarian cyst is becoming to ovarian cancer?

How do you know when your ovarian cyst is becoming to ovarian cancer?

Talk to your doc: Most cysts are completely benign and do not turn to cancer. In fact, cysts form normally during a woman's cycle. There are certain characteristics of ovarian cysts that can be seen on ultrasound or other studies that suggest they are benign and are not cancerous. Talk to your doctor to learn more about the specifics of your condition. ...Read more

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Does having polycystic ovaries lead to cancer?

Does having polycystic ovaries lead to cancer?

No: There are no clear or direct associations with any kind of cancer. Theoretically with the risk of ovarian cancer could even be reduced, but this is unproven. The risk from missing/skipping periods with pcos can (but not always) lead to endometrial hyperplasia, which then can (but not always) lead to endometrial cancer. Discuss cycle management with your doctor. ...Read more

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How can you prevent ovarian cancer?

How can you prevent ovarian cancer?

You can't completely: Risk factors for ovarian cancer include never having children, genetics (family history), and estrogen therapy. Though ovarian cancer cannot be completely prevented, you can decrease your risk by having children and avoiding estrogen therapy. If you know you have the brca mutation, which causes both breast and ovarian cancer, you can have your ovaries surgically removed to prevent ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Can you get uterine cancer even after taking tamoxifen?

Can you get uterine cancer even after taking tamoxifen?

Yes: Tamoxifen is used in the treatment of breast cancer. One of its risks is a 1 percent chance of uterine cancer. You should be checked periodically by a gynecologist and if any vaginal bleeding when on tamoxifen may need a uterine biopsy and likely discontinuing the tamoxifen. Your oncologist should guide you. ...Read more

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Can you get rid of ovarian cysts naturally without surgery while pregnant?

Can you get rid of ovarian cysts naturally without surgery while pregnant?

See below.: Many ovarian cysts resolve on their own. There are no specific medications to have them disappear during pregnancy. Surgery is an option if there are complications or if the cyst look suspicious on ultrasound. ...Read more

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Confused and getting conflicting answers. Can ovary enlarge due to ovarian cancer without a mass?

Confused and getting conflicting answers. Can ovary enlarge due to ovarian cancer without a mass?

Not likely: There are no easy ways to make a diagnosis of early ovarian cancer. Majority of ovarian cancers are complex cystic. Homogenous bilateral ovarian enlargement without other findings is probably not due to cancer. ...Read more

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How often do you get bleeding for ovarian cancer?

How often do you get bleeding for ovarian cancer?

Vaginal bleeding: Ovarian cancer does not usually cause abnormal uterine bleeding. You should be worked up for endometrial cancer or hyperplasia by your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Can you get pregnant while having ovarian cysts?

Can you get pregnant while having ovarian cysts?

Yes: Yes, you can get pregant with ovarian cysts as long as you are ovulating (releasing an egg). It is possible that hormonally active cysts (ones that produce hormones) may cause you to not ovulate. This will potentially affect fertility. In this situation, you will not have normal menstrual cycles. ...Read more

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Do ovarian cysts always lead to ovarian cancer?

Most cysts benign: The majority of ovarian cysts, often related to the follicle, where the egg is stored, are benign. Ovarian cysts are very rarely malignant. However, any discovered ovarian cyst should be closely evaluated. ...Read more

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How do you know if your ovarian cyst is going to ovarian cancer?

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

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Can you have cancer without lumps?

Can you have cancer without lumps?

Yes: Many cancers are masses that are far deeper than you can feel. All leukemias are cancers but they are liquid tissues like blood. Cancer may produce remote effects before a lump is visible -- an oat cell cancer smaller than a fingernail deep in the blood can blind or cause brain damage. ...Read more

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How does a gynecologist to tell if you have PID or ovarian cancer?

How does a gynecologist to tell if you have PID or ovarian cancer?

Trained to do: Gynecologist is highly trained professional in female health problems , can ' tell if you have pid or ovarian cancer " by examination and tests , just like an orange from apple. ...Read more

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If you have a total hysterectomy can you still get ovarian cancer?

Yes you can: Hysterectomy, is removal of the uterus: ovaries are separate glands lying next to the uterus. Often they are removed at the time of hysterectomy, but not always. Ovarian cancer can also arise from the epithelial lining of the peritoneum(sometimes called primary peritoneal carcinoma) which behaves just like ovarian cancer and is treated the same way as primary ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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