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How To Find Out If You Have Ovarian Cancer
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
Colonoscopy: Over the age of 40 xolonoscopy every 5 yers is a good idea becuase colon cancer can be detected early and cured. Idead is to pick up polypoid lesion that has not invaded into muscularis. Other than for that the diagnosis in an asymptomatic patient is diffieucult. A new test is being developed to measure shed antigen into the stool. This occurs in the earliest lesion where no markers in blood. ...Read more
Mammogram: The mammogram is still the "gold-standard" for detecting breast cancer. You are at the age where screening becomes standard. If you have particularly dense breast tissue a 3D mammogram or perhaps an ultrasound may be recommended (or in some cases an MRI) to add to the accuracy of the mammogram. If imaging is normal and you still are concerned that you feel a lump, you may need to see a surgeon. ...Read more
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. The ultimate way to know is surgery to see if it is in fact, a tumor of something else. ...Read more
Health maintain: Collaborative health maintenance is critical to your health. If you smoke, you should stop. There are guidelines and recommendations as to who should undergo testing/screening. This may help: http://www.Cancer.Net/publications-and-resources/what-know-ascos-guidelines/what-know-accp-and-asco-guideline-lung-cancer-screening/recommendations-lung-cancer-screening. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Laparoscopy: Need to be evaluated with a good exam, maybe ultrasound of the pelvis and finally a surgical procedure called laparoscopy. Laparoscopy is done under anesthesia and a small telescope with a camera is introduced into the abdomen via the umbilicus allowing the surgeon to look and inspect the pelvis and the whole abdomen looking for areas of endometriosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Age and symptoms: prostate cancer while seen in males in their 40's is a more common disease with age such as 70 and older. While PSA doesn't spell yes or no, if a high level present and patient in 50's a biopsy should be performed and if positive, prognosis not good. If enlarged prostate in the 80 yr. old is bx as Ca prognosis is very good. Bx is final method for diagnosis. ...Read more
Endoscopy and/or: Upper GI series with barium. Stomach cancer can be detected by visualization of the stomach through and endoscope and biopsy of suspicious lesions for examination by a pathologist. X-rays may detect an abnormality but endoscopy will be needed for biopsy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why?: Do you have symptoms? Do you have strong family history? Or are you just worried? Either way, start by visiting your primary doctor who will take a good history, do a physical exam, and determine what tests to do (if any) and whether you need to see a specialist. ...Read more
Testicular cancer: Testicular cancer occurs most frequently in younger males. Initially there is often a painless hardness or palpable deformity to the normally smooth testis. Regular self examinations are recommended for all males after puberty. Even if you don't know what you're feeling, you likely will know if it represents a change. Any question....Get your physician to check you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain or wt. loss: Most tumors are aggressive and tend to grow, causing pain, and associated wt. loss. As tumor grows it can metastasize to organs like liver or lung and bone, where it results in bone pain. If enlarging to block bowel, it causes abdominal pain and vomiting. Many tumors produce TNF resulting in anorexia an wt. loss. MRI and or PET/CAT to define and bx needed for diagnosis. ...Read more
Prostate cancer: The main way to diagnose prostate cancer is with a biopsy of the prostate. Most men have a biopsy due to an abnormal PSA; the higher your PSA the higher chance of prostate cancer. If you have a PSA of 50 in the absence of other issues you have a very high chance of prostate cancer. Most men have PSA in the .5-2.5 range; a pt with prostate cancer in the bones can have a PSA over 1000 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tough : There is no test that you can take that tells you definitively if you are going to develop cancer at some point, and if so what type. As for genetic testing, if appropriate based on your family history, when a gene mutation is identified, you would know percentages of risk for individual cancers more accurately. ...Read more
Depends: Why do you think you have parasites? If you came from a place were intestinal parasites are common, you can get a stool o&p exam; there are other blood tests and exams that can be done, but the core question remains why you think you have parasites, and where are these parasites located? ...Read more
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
Yes: The common ovarian cancers are more common in older women, but no human female is immune ...Read more
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