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How can I prevent ovarian cancer?

How can I prevent ovarian cancer?

Difficult to do.: Unfortunately, preventing ovarian cancer is difficult. Some risk factors include family history (having a genetic mutation called brca), never having children, and exposure to estrogen therapy. Thus, having children and avoiding estrogen will help decrease your risk. ...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 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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Is there any way to prevent ovarian cancer?

Is there any way to prevent ovarian cancer?

There are no : Known environmental factors assocaited with ovarian cancer. Only genetic risk, and if brca 2 is found, bilateral oopherectomy is the suggestive treatment for prevention. ...Read more

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I've used baby powder a handful of times mostly after waxes to prevent chaffing. Is it only with regular, long term has ovarian cancer becomes a risk?

I've used baby powder a handful of times mostly after waxes to prevent chaffing. Is it only with regular, long term has ovarian cancer becomes a risk?

Low Risk: While Talc powder is a known risk factor, the prevalence of ovarian cancer is very low in the general population ( Approximately 1.3 percent of women will be diagnosed with ovary cancer at some point during their lifetime). This cancer is not common. I would recommend stopping the use of talcum based powder if possible . having kids, using birth control pills are protective factors! Dr M ...Read more

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My mom is having half of her colon removed in the morning and her dr. Would also like to prevent ovarian cancer by removing her ovaries. Is that good?

My mom is having half of her colon removed in the morning and her dr. Would also like to prevent ovarian cancer by removing her ovaries. Is that good?

Probably unnecessary: Unless there is a genetic syndrome, there would be no role for this. Maybe it would be appropriate to do a ct scan of the abdomen and pelvis first. However, i would not recommend the ovaries to be removed. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I was on the pill for over 10 years, is that helpful to prevent ovarian cancer? I was on birth control pills for over 10 years of my life, probably 21 years old to about 31, 32 years old. I just heard that the pill can prevent ovarian cancer up to 50% whi

I was on the pill for over 10 years, is that helpful to prevent ovarian cancer? I was on birth control pills for over 10 years of my life, probably 21 years old to about 31, 32 years old. I just heard that the pill can prevent ovarian cancer up to 50% whi

I : I can understand your concern, but please do not restart the pills without talking with your gynecologist. After a certain age, birth control pills can be risky, including for women with any cardiovascular risk factors (for stroke, heart attack, etc), and especially in women who are smokers or if they happen to be overweight. Please see your doctor and have an examination and discuss your risk factors for oral contraceptives. ...Read more

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Do I have ovarian cancer?

Probably not: But you'll have to give us a few more clues to get our input, but better to see your doctor to discuss prospect and risk. Unless fm hx, brca-2 +, i would not worry at 24. ...Read more

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What caused ovarian cancer?

What caused ovarian cancer?

Possible Risk Factor: Risk factors for ovarian cancer include increasing age, obesity, prolonged use of fertility drugs, and family history of breast, ovarian, or colon cancer, especially for persons with brca 1 or 2 mutations. However, it's impossible to know why any individual develops cancer since having a risk factor does not guarantee the disease will develop and many people with cancer may not have risk factor. ...Read more

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How is ovarian cancer caused?

No one cause: There is no specific cause for ovarian cancer, but several risk factors have been identified. Women who have a family history of either ovarian, breast, or colon cancer all are at increased risk for ovarian cancer. Most ovarian cancers are diagnosed in the six or seventh decades of life, and typically arise from the ovarian epithelium. There is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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How is ovarian cancer detected?

How is ovarian cancer detected?

A few 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 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