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I've heard that one of the side effects of thyroid meds is ovarian cancer, as well as breast cancer and on the minor scale, hair loss. Is this true?

I've heard that one of the side effects of thyroid meds is ovarian cancer, as well as breast cancer and on the minor scale, hair loss. Is this true?

No: I assume you mean synthroid/levothyroxin for thyroid replacement therapy. This is just a synthetic thyroid hormone for those who cannot make it in their own thyroid. This does not cause cancer. Typically, a low functioning thyroid will cause hair loss, not therapy. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Bauman
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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Can an ovarian cyst cause high wbc that I have loss appetite And feeling fuller. Really worried about ovarian cancer no other symptoms?

Can an ovarian cyst cause high wbc that I have loss appetite And feeling fuller. Really worried about ovarian cancer no other symptoms?

Vague symptoms: Ovarian cysts and early ovarian cancer don't generally increase the white count. A Tubo-Ovarian Abcess or Ovarian Torsion can increase the white count but are usually associated with severe pain. Ovarian Cancer is fairly silent initially but then can have vague, non-specific symptoms. See a Gyn yearly and discuss your concerns. Imaging of your ovaries will usually rule-out ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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I have every symptom of ovarian cancer. 10 day periods, pain w/ sex, weight loss, bloating, anemia, bad sharp cramps, sore boobs, but I'm only 25?

Are you sure?: This doesn't sound like ovarian cancer to me. This sounds like you are going on line and trying to diagnose yourself. Go to a doctor and find out what is going on. ...Read more

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Could an ovarian cyst be cancerous, or be a sign to ovarian cancer? Also, have massive weight loss, fatigue, lack of appetite. And severe stomach pain.

Could an ovarian cyst be cancerous, or be a sign to ovarian cancer? Also, have massive weight loss, fatigue, lack of appetite. And severe stomach pain.

Ovarian cysts: By your symptoms, it sounds like you need to see your gyn doctor. I you are not getting an answer you find acceptable, it is not wrong to get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Irregular periods, dry hair, feeling hot, indigestion, headaches, and constipation. Ab ultra-normal and bloodwork. Could this be ovarian cancer?

Irregular periods, dry hair, feeling hot, indigestion, headaches, and constipation. Ab ultra-normal and bloodwork. Could this be ovarian cancer?

Unlikely at age 20: Ovarian Cancer is very unlikely at age 20. Its most common in women in their 40s and 50s. Sounds more like a thyroid disorder or PCOS. See an Ob/Gyn. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What age it s more possible to get ovarian cancer?

What age it s more possible to get ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: The average age of a woman with ovarian cancer in the us is 62-63. In women with a family history, women with brca1 mutations usually get cancer earlier and women with brca2 mutations get ovarian cancer at a later age. ...Read more

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Need help when ovarian cancer recurs, what kind(s) of cancer is it most likely to be?

The same cancer: Recurrence means that it's the same cancer that has come back. While it may come back in a different place in the abdomen-- the cell type is the same regardless even if the ovaries are no longer there. A biopsy will show if the recurrence is consistent with the original cancer. ...Read more

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Had a Vag u/s 5 months ago.lately feel crampy with urge to go to bathroom.is it unlikely ovarian cancer since the u/s 5 mo.ago? Yearly exam in 1 week

Ovarian cancer: The time frame for development of clinically recognizable cancer is generally on the order of months to years for most ovarian cancers. Your symptoms could be due to several other things though, so be sure to inform your doctor on the next visit and have them evaluated. ...Read more

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How fast does ovarian cancer spread?

It's variable.: Some ovarian cancers spread very slowly — over years, even. The most common form of ovarian cancer likely spreads more quickly than that (weeks to months), but every patient with ovarian cancer is different. ...Read more

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Where does ovarian cancer spread to?

Where does ovarian cancer spread to?

Pelvis & abomen: Commonly when advaced spreads in the abdomen affecting the peritoneum producing increased intra pelvic and abdominal fluid. As most cancers may spread to liver, lung, brain, bone. Most ovarian cancer produce symptoms only in advanced stages with nonspecific sensations of increased belly or intraabdominally discomfort. Ca 125 is not a screening test because of so many false positives and negatives. ...Read more

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What tests can diagnose ovarian cancer?

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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Can ovarian cancer be felt during exam?

Can ovarian cancer be felt during exam?

In some cases: In some cases of ovarian cancer, a mass (or masses) can be felt in the pelvis with a manual vaginal examination. In advanced cases, a swollen abdomen from ascites can be seen on exam (but this is not specific for ovarian cancer). In most cases of ovarian cancer, the findings on exam are quite nonspecific. ...Read more

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How early can ovarian cancer be detected?

Depends.: It is notoriously hard to detect early. Pelvic ultrasound and family history along with serum ca-125 are some approaches to early detection that have not been particularly effective. Current research is aiming at identifying a serum proteomic signature of early ovarian cancer that can be clinically useful. ...Read more

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What is meant by end stage ovarian cancer?

Not curable: Typically, when someone refers to end stage they are describing a case that is not curable. Most of the time these are patients who have developed disease that has spread to parts of the body outside of where the cancer originally developed (i.e. Metastasis). ...Read more

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How long can ovarian cancer go undetected?

How long can ovarian cancer go undetected?

Many years: Ovarian cancer can go undetected for many years. Many people don't have any symptoms or only vague symptoms such as bloating or mild abdominal discomfort. When patients have more significant symptoms, the cancer is usually found at an advanced stage. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of ovarian cancer?

What are common symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: The four most common symptoms of early ovarian cancer are pain, bloating, feeling full when trying to eat (satiety), and urinary changes. ...Read more

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Who is best trained to treat ovarian cancer?

Who is best trained to treat ovarian cancer?

Two types: Usually having a gynecological oncologist and a medical oncologist is best in managing ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Can you tell me the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: The four most common symptoms of early ovarian cancer are pain, bloating, feeling full when trying to eat (satiety), and urinary changes. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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