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Are there any good tests for ovarian cancer screening?

Are there any good tests for ovarian cancer screening?

Annual exam: The best screening remains the annual pelvic exam coupled with a careful history. The ca125 , ova-1 and other tumor markers in conjunction with a vaginal probe ultrasound are useful in some patients. Always report any unusual symptoms to your gynecologist. Pay attention to your body. ...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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What are the tests for ovarian cancer?

What are the tests for ovarian cancer?

History: Including family history, physical exam with pelvic looks at ervix, and bimanual exam, & rectal exam to probe for masses, shelf, and overt and secret blood. Then begins imaging: u/s, ct. If a mass is confirmed, it needs biopsy. Only after DX is made is a ca-125 potentially helpful, not as a screen. ...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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What tests can diagnose ovarian cancer?

CA-125 , ultrasound: Routine screening is not recommended on people with average risk. Family history is a strong risk factor. In these patients ca-125 (it is a tumor marker checked in blood) also transvaginal ultrasound can help early diagnosis. ...Read more

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Which test to detect ovarian cancer early is the best?

None: Unfortunately, no screening test (be it ultrasound, physical exam, or ca 125 tumor marker) can detect ovarian cancer early enough to make a difference. People with high risk for cancer often choose to have the ovaries removed before they get malignant. If you have concerns about your risk, please have a chat with your doc. Best to you. ...Read more

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How do you test for ovarian cancer in women?

How do you test for ovarian cancer in women?

Nothing good: Unfortunately there is nothing that's accurate. We sometimes use ultrasound and a blood test called CA125 to screen very high risk people like those with a family history of ovarian/breast cancer or Ashkenazi Jewish. However, even in this group we are not very good at preventing ovarian cancer and making people live longer. There are some tests in development and hopefully it will be reality soon ...Read more

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Can they detect ovarian cancer through a blood test?

Can they detect ovarian cancer through a blood test?

Backward: There is no screening test for ovca. However, if you have ovarian cancer, a ca-125 level may or may not be elevated. If it is, it may be one thing monitired for response. Getting ca-125, an expensive blood test of unproven value before knowing you have the cancer is inded backward, costly, non-specific and can led to unnecessary worry. ...Read more

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If you have ovarian cancer could it be seen by a urine test?

No: The ovary and bladder are not connected and there is no routine testing available to detect ovarian cancer in urine outside of research, if any?! ...Read more

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Is there a test for ovarian cancer that is covered by insurance?

Is there a test for ovarian cancer that is covered by insurance?

Covered by most: Examination by gynecologist and sonogram is covered by most of the insurances, . ...Read more

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


Laboratory (Definition)

Is facility that provides controlled conditions in which scientific research, experiments & measurements are performed. An example is medical (clinical) lab where tests are done on clinical specimens in order to get info. About the health of a patient in terms ...Read more