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How long does it take for ovarian cancer to progress? Months or years?

How long does it take for ovarian cancer to progress? Months or years?

Hugely variable: A lot depends on the type. A common granulosa cell tumor may smolder for decades before spreading. Choriocarcinoma has always spread by the time it is discovered, but all other tumors are unpredictable. If there is the least suspicion of cancer, staging is in order and most often excision. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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I have used baby powder for years & now they say it cause ovarian cancer what should I look for if I have it ?

I have used baby powder for years & now they say it cause ovarian cancer what should I look for if I have it ?

Stop worrying: "They" are lawyers trying to make money for their clients. There's no real science here. These claims have been around for four decades and most of us still think they're fake -- the result of recall bias. Ovarian cancer is mostly an older woman's disease in any case. If you let internet fears limit you, you'll end up unable to do anything with your life at all. Be discerning. ...Read more

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I'm 34 and 4 years ago i had all the tests for ovarian cancer it was negative. I now have all the symptoms, could i be in the late stages of it now?

I'm 34 and 4 years ago i had all the tests for ovarian cancer it was negative. I now have all the symptoms, could i be in the late stages of it now?

You can not be so su: If you have symptoms, then an examination by your doctor is the first step. Only if he/she suspect something on an examination will they order imaging studies with an ultrasonogram or ct scans which can easily show the status of your ovaries. I would not get so anxious right away when your previous testing has been unremarkable. It may simply be fear/ worry of the unknown. Your doctor can help. ...Read more

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Could you potentially have ovarian cancer at 15 years old?

Could you potentially have ovarian cancer at 15 years old?

Yes: There are several uncommon ovarian cancers that peak in frequency around the time of puberty. If there's a mass, it need proper workup by a specialist physician. ...Read more

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Would an ovarian cancer tumor grow larger over the course of 1.5 years?

Would an ovarian cancer tumor grow larger over the course of 1.5 years?

Likely, yes!: Most cancers do not sit still. They tend to grow in size and may spread. But benign tumors may not change in size over such a period of time. You need to tell us your story in detail. ...Read more

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Are there any new ovarian cancer treatments in the past 5 years?

Are there any new ovarian cancer treatments in the past 5 years?

Yes: Advances in our surgical, chemo therapeutic , radiation techniques and modalities has helped improve outcome in dealing with many cancers including ovarian in the past few years. Clinical trials has been key. The sequencing of the treatments, new devices and techniques, targeted drugs and therapies is to name a few. ...Read more

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Had hysterectomy in 2001, all gone but one ovary. It quit producing estrogen 2 years ago, can I still get ovarian cancer?

Yes, you can.: Any ovary can develop ovarian cancer, even if it has stopped producing estrogen. In fact, the risk for ovarian cancer increases with age. The median age at diagnosis is 63. The good news is that ovarian cancer is rare, and accounts for only 1.3% of all new cancer cases in the U.S. ...Read more

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I had hysterectomy a few years ago have family history of ovarian cancer and now have alot of discharge and spotting?

  I had hysterectomy a few years ago have family history of ovarian cancer and now have alot of discharge and spotting?

Get checked: Go see a GYN. It may be a type of vaginal infection. It is worth a good exam to get answers and any indicated treatments. ...Read more

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I am 16 years old. I'm very afraid I may have colorectal cancer or ovarian cancer. My symptoms are very similar. Is it too late to treat either?

I am 16 years old. I'm very afraid I may have colorectal cancer or ovarian cancer. My symptoms are very similar. Is it too late to treat either?

Cancer: There are many things that cause diarrhea, pain, and bloating. Particularly at your age, cancer would not be a top consideration, it would be pretty far down on the list. Don't speculate on the worst possible case scenario. See your doctor, he/she will help sort it out. ...Read more

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I have an ovarian cancer, was on chemo for 4 months, now am cancer free but now my left hip is in much pain (had both hip replacements few years ago).?

I have an ovarian cancer, was on chemo for 4 months, now am cancer free but now my left hip is in much pain (had both hip replacements few years ago).?

Check it: I agree with dr. T. Hopefully your pain is due to arthritis or other bone-joint issues but pain in a cancer patient (particularly if always on the same spot or if worsens with time) should be properly evaluated to rule out metastases. ...Read more

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I had abnormal cervical cells removed with a leep 10 years ago, am I more likely to have ovarian cancer because of the previous cell changes?

I had abnormal cervical cells removed with a leep 10 years ago, am I more likely to have ovarian cancer because of the previous cell changes?

No: The two problems are not related although there are some people with a higher risk for any cancer-related problem if they have had one before. ...Read more

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Could I have cervical or ovarian cancer if i haven't had a period in 2 years? I have always struggled with my weight. So I am overweight. Could that hyave something to do with it too. My weight has always fluxuated.

Get checked....: Easy enough to screen for ovarian and cervical cancer, would be unusual if you are less than 30 though. More likely it is due to Insulin resistance syndrome and depressed sex hormone binding globulin (shbg). This would also be the reason you have been struggling with your weight issues. Could also be polycystic ovarian syndrome, pcos, also due to Insulin resistance. ...Read more

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I am an ovarian cancer survivor 5 years now. I have been having a yellowish/pinkish vaginal discharge, should I be concerned?

I am an ovarian cancer survivor 5 years now.  I have been having a yellowish/pinkish vaginal discharge, should I be concerned?

Unrelated: I doubt if it is related to ovarian cancer. But you should inform your doctor(gynecologist) and get yourself examined to find the cause of this discharge. ...Read more

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I am 34 years old. I have mid cycle pain that lasts until i mensturate. The pain is around my left ovary and frequent urination. Afraid ovarian cancer?

Unlikely: The pain is more likely ovulatory in nature, but if you have a family history of breast, ovarian, or colon cancer see a gyn md to be sure that it is not. ...Read more

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I read that baby powder with talc,can cause ovarian cancer. I used it about 20 times in my life in the genital area,about 10 years ago.What is my risk?

I read that baby powder with talc,can cause ovarian cancer. I used it about 20 times in my life in the genital area,about 10 years ago.What is my risk?

I doubt it: I have been following this stuff since the 1970's and I think it's junk science. Epidemiology by its nature generates an enormous amount of garbage. The claim does't make sense biologically and I am sorry it is turning out to be a money-maker for tort law. Don't worry and use cornstarch from now on. ...Read more

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Hello, i am writing regarding my mom she has been on her period almost 11 she is 42 years old can it be pre-menopause or ovarian cancer?

Hello, i am writing regarding my mom she has been on her period almost 11 she is 42 years old can it be pre-menopause or ovarian cancer?

Vaginal bleeding: Vaginal bleeding may be many things. It occurs in pre-menopause, because the periods get irregular around that time. It could also be other things in the uterus, endometrial hyperplasia or polyps or endometrial cancer. Ovarian cancer usually does not present this way. If she has not been seen by a GYN recently and this bleeding is new, she should make an appt to be sure. ...Read more

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I have 2 cystic ovarian masses, on CT scan. Could this mean ovarian cancer. I'm nervous. 29 years old?

I have 2 cystic ovarian masses, on CT scan. Could this mean ovarian cancer. I'm nervous. 29 years old?

Almost never!!: It is very common to see cysts on the ovaries. Ovaries make cysts every month that contain eggs. These come and go all the time. These are usually small, under 3cm each. But you should follow up with your gynecologist who can check with an ultrasound. Ct scan is a very poor way to look at the ovaries and pelvic ultrasound will tell you much more. Most likely, they will go away on their own. ...Read more

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Is hCG diet safe for me?Ovarian cancer 2007, total hysterectomy and chemo done.I'm 38 years old, 5 feet, 67kgs.

Bad choice: The HCG diet prescribes a severely calorie-restricted diet and prescribes a pricey placebo to go with it, then attributes the success of the diet to the placebo. You are smart enough to realize that (1) you don't need this, and (2) the way to achieve the body you want is by changing your lifestyle & how you think about food and fitness. Congratulations on seeking a better life after a cancer cure. ...Read more

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When I was born, my mother at the age of 40 was told she had ovarian cancer. She opted not to get treatment and died when I was 8 years old at the age of 48 years old.?

See someone: Not sure what your question is but you should visit a health professional with expertise on cancer risk assessment and genetics. He/she will take a good family history and maybe do brca testing. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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