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How often do ovarian tumors become cancerous?

How often do ovarian tumors become cancerous?

Clinicopath. correla: One of the most important clinical features is the age of the patient. Approximately one of eight ovarian tumors in patients less than 45 year of age is malignant; by contrast, in older women, the proportion is about one of three. The single most common ovarian tumor, the mature cystic teratoma, dermoid cyst-benign tumor, is encountered at all ages. Clinicopathologic correlation is important. ...Read more

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 do uterine fibroid tumors develop?

How do uterine fibroid tumors develop?

Uncontrolled growth: The smooth muscle that makes up the wall of the uterus begins to grow in an uncontrolled fashion. The separation of a benign tumor (fibroid or leiomyoma) from a malignant tumor (leiomyosarcoma) is the degree of growth, increased growth, and presence of tumor death (necrosis). ...Read more

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How many women get uterine fibroids?

How many women get uterine fibroids?

As many as 40%: At autopsy, as many as 40% of women have evidence of fibroids. Fibroids are usually benign tumors of the uterus that are not symptomatic. Sometimes fibroids can be painful, cause heavy bleeding, miscarriage, preterm labor, problems voiding or constipation. Fast growing fibroids need to be monitored closely and may necessitate surgery. Certain ethnicities have higher prevalence of fibroids. ...Read more

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Do ovarian cysts always lead to ovarian cancer?

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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Can uterine fibroids lead to cancer?

Can uterine fibroids lead to cancer?

Not directly : Fibroids are a result of high estrogen levels. High estrogen can be caused by excessive carbohydrate intake (via competetive inhibition of glucoronidase enzyme) therefore a low carb diet is beneficial to reduce estrogen and help shrink fibroids. You may also have low iodine, thyroid problems, low progesterone. All of these things should be evaluated. High estrogen levels can cause cancer. ...Read more

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How much pain are uterine fibroids?

How much pain are uterine fibroids?

Varies greatly: Fibroids are benign (non cancerous) tumors of the uterus that are associated with painful, heavy periods. They can be treated with medications that are hormonal or non-hormonal, and they are also commonly treated surgically by removing the fibroid (s) or the entire uterus. ...Read more

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Does fertilaid cure ovarian cysts and fibroids?

Does fertilaid cure ovarian cysts and fibroids?

No: Fertilaid has not been show scientifically to cure - or even help - with any female reproductive condition, in spite of the banners on their websites. ...Read more

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Does polycystic ovaries lead to cancer?

Does polycystic ovaries lead to cancer?

Not necessarily: Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a benign condition. But a singe large cyst can be associated with cancer inside of it. So you need to have your gynecologist monitor an dguide you as to what to expect. ...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 are uterine polyps treated in a woman?

How are uterine polyps treated in a woman?

Removal: Endometrial polyps can be forerunners to endometrial hyperplasia and cancer. They are removed by hysteroscopy or d & c. ...Read more

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Is mucinous breast cancer linked to ovarian cancer? Had mucinous b.C. In 2006. Need hysterectomy due to fibroid but don't want to give up ovaries.

Is mucinous breast cancer linked to ovarian cancer? Had mucinous b.C. In 2006. Need hysterectomy due to fibroid but don't want to give up ovaries.

Hyst?/oophorectomy: At 49 years old, you have very little use for your ovaries. If you are going to have a hysterectomy done anyway for the bleeding from your fibroids, you should seriously considering removing the fallopian tubes and the ovaries as well. They are sites for future disease. ...Read more

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How do ovarian cancer and ovarian cyst differ?

Malignant/Benign: Ovarian cancer is a serious malignant tumor and can be fatal on the other hand the ovarian cysts are benign tumors which may or may not need ant treatment. ...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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How are an ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer different?

Benign&Malignant: Ovarian cysts are benign fluid filled sacs in the ovaries.Some custs can become cancerous ovarian cancer is a malignant tumor of ovaries and is a serious condition often with poor prognosis requiring surgery, chemotherapy and sometime radiation therapy. ...Read more

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Does the BCP Aviane cause fibroids and ovarian cysts? Are there non surgical ways to remove fibroids?

No and yes: Birth control pills don't cause fibroids. Treatment options include Lupron (leuprolide) (medication which causes temporary menopause to shrink fibroids); hysteroscopy (D&C like procedure to remove small fibroids from uterine cavity); uterine artery embolization (procedure done in x-ray dept. to cut off blood flow to fibroids); myomectomy (surgical removal of fibroids); or hysterectomy (removal of uterus). ...Read more

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Hi, I'm 48 yo, have endometriosis, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, pre-menopausal. CA 125 was around 200's then 159 the last one was 210 any concerns?

Hi, I'm 48 yo, have endometriosis, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, pre-menopausal. CA 125 was around 200's then 159 the last one was 210 any concerns?

Likely, no: CA 125 is not recommended as a screening tool for ovarian cancer when used in risk-based stratification. Meaning, assuming that your mom or sister didn't get diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Normal for women with endometriosis to have elevated CA-125. It sounds like your doctor has done Ultrasound to evaluate ovaries as well. Your MD knows your history and risk, likely this CA-125 level is normal ...Read more

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Will estrogen dominance always cause uterine cancer?

Will estrogen dominance always cause uterine cancer?

Estrogen/Uterine CA: Absolutely not. "high" estrogen levels are only one factor in the risk profile for uterine cancer, which also includes obesity, family history, and oral contraceptive history. Even if you possess one or more risk factors, that does not mean that a tumor is certain. Close monitoring and counselling by your gyn is the best course of action. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Fibroids (Definition)

Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. 1 of every 3 women of child-bearing age have these tumors and up to 80% of african-american women have fibroids. They are often asymptomatic but they can also cause significant symptoms. It is the most common cause of heavy menstrual bleeding. Pelvic pain and increased urinary frequency ...Read more


Dr. Adam Lewis
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Fibroid (Definition)

A leiomyomata(fibroid) is a smooth muscle growth in the uterus that is rubbery, binds the female hormone estrogen and can grow to "epic" proportions causing distortion of the uterus. They cause bleeding, and burning pain( aka "fireball tumor") as ...Read more