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Symptom of ovarian cancer is enlarged ovary is that do to masses or can cancer just xause ovary to enlarge?

Symptom of ovarian cancer is enlarged ovary is that do to masses or can cancer just xause ovary to enlarge?

Ovarian mass: Oarian cancer is a solid cancer which means- some sort of mass/es would be there in ovary that is going to cause the increase size of the ovary. Ovary can also enlarge due to other benign condition such as simple cyst/physiologic cysts, polycystic disease etc. Especially at child bearing age, cysts would come and go, and majority of those cysts would be benign. So, close f/u of cyst is needed. ...Read more

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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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I don't think I am asking question right if my ovary is enlarged would it be due to a mass or can ovarian cancer cause ovary to swell with no mass?

I don't think I am asking question right  if my ovary is enlarged would it be due to a mass or can ovarian cancer cause ovary to swell with no mass?

Definitions: A mass usually describes an abnormal enlargement that could be solid or cystic sometimes similarly referred to as a tumor. Masses or tumors can occur in any organ or the body like the ovary but they can be benign or malignant. It is then called cancer if it is malignant as shown on a biopsy. Thus, the cause of a mass may be a cancer or a benign condition. ...Read more

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Confused and getting conflicting answers. Can ovary enlarge due to ovarian cancer without a mass?

Confused and getting conflicting answers. Can ovary enlarge due to ovarian cancer without a mass?

Not likely: There are no easy ways to make a diagnosis of early ovarian cancer. Majority of ovarian cancers are complex cystic. Homogenous bilateral ovarian enlargement without other findings is probably not due to cancer. ...Read more

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Day 10 of cycle right ovary 2.2x 1.38 x 2.24 left ovary 3.87l x 2.01h x 4w with a teeny dermoid and 2 CM simple cyst is left ovary considered enlarged and should I worry about ovarian cancer?

Day 10 of cycle right ovary 2.2x 1.38 x 2.24 left ovary 3.87l x 2.01h x 4w with a teeny dermoid and 2 CM simple cyst is left ovary considered enlarged and should I worry about ovarian cancer?

Depends on age: Most dermoids are benign tumors, but rarely they can be part of malignant tumor. If these cysts change in size based on menstrual cycle, they are not as worrisome. However, you should monitor them closely (as it seems you are). If you are between 15-40, functional cysts are more common. ...Read more

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Day 10 of cycle right ovary is 2.2 l x 1.38h x 2.24w left ovary 3.87l x 2.01h x 4 w with 7 mm dermoid appearing cyst and a1.8 x 1.5 x 1.99 simple cyst is my left ovary considered enlarged and should I worry this is ovarian cancer?

Day 10 of cycle right ovary is 2.2 l x 1.38h x 2.24w left ovary 3.87l x 2.01h x 4 w with 7 mm dermoid appearing cyst and a1.8 x 1.5 x 1.99 simple cyst is my left ovary considered enlarged and should I worry this is ovarian cancer?

Just watch it 4 now: The large majority of women in their 40s have a couple of simple cysts, and little dermoids are familiar and commonplace. If the radiologist is confident and your gynecologist agrees it's probably a dermoid, then just watch it -- risk of waiting is less than risk of surgery. Glad you are taking a proactive approach to your health, and thanks for a thoughtful question. ...Read more

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Can ovarian cancer cause pain in the opposite side? Where I have no ovary

Can ovarian cancer cause pain in the opposite side? Where I have no ovary

Ovarian pain: Pain can radiate but usually should be on the the same side of the cancer. Other causes of pain should be considered. ...Read more

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One ovary was a little bit bigger than the other. Isn't that a sign of ovarian cancer?

One ovary was a little bit bigger than the other. Isn't that a sign of ovarian cancer?

Normal: It is normal to have some asymmetry in size. Depends on normal cyst, time of cycle. ...Read more

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Swollen ovary could mean ovarian cancer?

Swollen ovary could mean ovarian cancer?

Yes: Enlarged or swelled ovary could be sign of ovarian cancer. Need careful follow-up. If persist need biopsy. ...Read more

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Where are the ovaries? What exactly is ovarian cancer?

Where are the ovaries? What exactly is ovarian cancer?

See below: Ovaries are in the pelvis if a woman, one on either side of uterus/vagina. See picture on the right. See this site for information on ovarian cancer. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ovarian-cancer/basics/definition/CON-20028096 ...Read more

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How can I get ovarian cancer after removal of my ovaries?

How can I get ovarian cancer after removal of my ovaries?

It is possible: The rounded appearance of the ovaries can be deceiving; in the embryo, when the ovaries descend into the fetal pelvis some cells may trail behind and be left outside the ovary. In addition, ovarian tissue is really somewhat comet shaped, with cells distributed along the ligament which is cut at surgery. These cells may become oca. Other cells body lining cells may also transform into oca as well. ...Read more

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How does one get ovarian cancer after removal of ovaries?

Tissue cell migratio: When ovaries have been removed you may have stray cells inorgans& other parts of body, and it is possible to get cancer usually in peritonium.So it is possible even after removal of ovaries. ...Read more

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Can a woman who has had her ovaries removed get ovarian cancer?

Can a woman who has had her ovaries removed get ovarian cancer?

Cancer of the ovary: Not possible unless patient had ovarian cancer prior to removal of the ovaries. ...Read more

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Please point me to where are the ovaries and what exactly is ovarian cancer?

Please point me to where are the ovaries and what exactly is ovarian cancer?

Ovaries are pelvic: The ovaries are glandular structures on both sides of and connected to the uterus by the fallopian tubes that transport eggs from the ovaries to the uterine structure. The surface of the glandular portion of the ovary is epithelial similar to the peritoneal surface of the abdominal cavity. For the most part ovarian cancer develops in the peritoneal surface of the ovary and rarely from the stroma. ...Read more

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I have got a pain that seems to be coming from my left ovary. Am I so worried. Could it be ovarian cancer?

I have got a pain that seems to be coming from my left ovary. Am I so worried. Could it be ovarian cancer?

Unlikely: It is highly unlikely that you can localize the pain to an ovary. Early ovarian cancer is usually not associated with pain. It you have concerns consult your doctor to see if an ultrasound examination is warranted. Visit this site for info: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ovarian-cancer/basics/symptoms/CON-20028096 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I've been having pain in my right and left ovaries(but especially my left) for months now. It is a sharp/consistent pain. Afraid of ovarian cancer?

I've been having pain in my right and left ovaries(but especially my left) for months now. It is a sharp/consistent pain. Afraid of ovarian cancer?

Go to your doctor: Go to your doctor to get a physical exam and ultrasound. May be common causes as ovarian cysts. Follicular cyst, which occur after ovulation. ...Read more

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Help please! is aching ovaries a symptom of ovarian cancer?

Help please! is aching ovaries a symptom of ovarian cancer?

Not usually: There are few symptoms of ovarian cancer which accounts for why it is rarely diagnosed at an early stage. The known symptoms are bloating, pelvic or back pain, feeling full quickly when eating, changes in bowel and bladder function and new unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge. ...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?

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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Normal time frame for follow up 8 weeks if diagnosed with 4.4cm "slightly complex" cyst (painful) on 5.1cm ovary w/ fam history of ovarian cancer?

Normal time frame for follow up 8 weeks if diagnosed with 4.4cm "slightly complex" cyst (painful)  on 5.1cm ovary w/ fam history of ovarian cancer?

Yes: 2 months is enough time to observe any trends but not so long to be significant if it does get worse. The vast majority of cysts are normal and will require no intervention. Ovarian cancer is not very common, just difficult to detect early. When there is a family history, genetic testing (BRCA) should be considered if it has not been yet. ...Read more

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How can you have ovarian cancer if your uterus and ovaries have been removed?

Primary peritoneal : There is a disease which looks like ovarian cancer under the microscope; is treated like ovarian cancer and has the same type of symptoms. It is called primary peritoneal carcinoma. Removal of the ovaries does not decrease the risk of having this disease. ...Read more

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Could a cyst on right ovary lead to a higher incidence of ovarian cancer or polycystic disease?

Cysts vs. CA: Ovarian cysts are quite common if ovulating and rarely produce cancer. However, persistent cysts need evaluation via exam or ultrasound to be certain. Polycystic ovaries are also non-cancerous with obesity, anovulation and hair growth as symptoms. ...Read more

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What can cause pain in both ovaries and back pain constant for 2 days. Could it be ovarian cancer?

back pain & ovaries: most likely not cancer. Very likely ruptured ovarian cyst. If pain continues need to see healthcare provider, although most ruptured cyst symptoms resolve with time. Good Luck ...Read more

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If I have ovarian benign serous cystadenoma removing with ovary tugether will reduce the risk for ovarian cancer?

If I have ovarian benign serous cystadenoma removing with ovary tugether will reduce the risk for ovarian cancer?

Yes : Removing cysadenoma of ovary will prevent that cyst tuning to cancer in future as it was removed however will not prevent getting future cancer of ovary ...Read more

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I had two cysts on l ovary that reruptured 5 times in 2 mths. Now have larger septated cyst (4cm). Ovarian cancer runs in family. Should i be worried?

Majority are benign: Septated have higher incidence of malignancy , like cystadenomas , cystadenocarcinomas ( are loculated ) , make sure you go for follow up, if necessory may advice you surgery good luck. ...Read more

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I have ovarian cysts on my both ovaries. still I am twenty. My CA 125 count is 478 . is it a ovarian cancer?

I have ovarian cysts on my both ovaries. still I am twenty.  My CA 125 count is 478 . is it a ovarian cancer?

Unlikely but needs m: Any mass(even a cyst) if it is growing and gets to be over 5-6 CM has to be suspect for ovarian cancer. So you need a good gynecologist who can examine and check your ovaries periodically(like every 3 months). CA 125 can be high even in benign conditions unless it is rising rapidly and gets up to be.500 units. This should be checked periodically at 3 month intervals along with the Ultrrasound . ...Read more

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My ca125 levels are slightly elevated and there is a solid mass on my ovary, should I be concerened that it is ovarian cancer?

Depends: Ask your gyn. A solid mass is concerning, but your age, menopausal status, and the ultrasound characteristics are important as well. Elevated ca-125 suggests ovarian cancer, but may be somewhat elevated in many benign conditions, as well, including endometriosis. All of this needs a discussion with your gyn and a possible referral to a gyn oncologist - who are the real experts in this area. ...Read more

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I had a hysterectomy last year aged 29. Gyn left a cyst on ovary said it shall disappear. I have all symptoms for ovarian cancer should I be concerned?

I had a hysterectomy last year aged 29. Gyn left a cyst on ovary said it shall disappear. I have all symptoms for ovarian cancer should I be concerned?

Ultrasound: If you are concerned about the presence of the cyst the Gynecologist saw at the hysterectomy, you can get an ultrasound done to check for the presence or absence of the cyst. Do you have family history of ovarian cancer? You are too young to get your ovaries removed. Surgical menopause at this young age is not recommended. Symptoms of ovarian cancer are vague and can be from colon or stomach too. ...Read more

Ovary (Definition)

The usually paired female or hermaphroditic reproductive organ that produces ova and, in vertebrates, ...Read more


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