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Ovarian Cancer Hair Loss
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?
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
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
Hi, I've had my period for over a month now non-stop. Been really tired, constipated, nauseas and huge weight loss. Can it be ovarian cancer?
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?
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
Irregular periods, dry hair, feeling hot, indigestion, headaches, and constipation. Ab ultra-normal and bloodwork. Could this be ovarian cancer?
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
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
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
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
Non specific: Symptoms of ovarian cancer are not specific. They often mimic other common conditions. These may include: abdominal pressure, fullness, swelling or bloating, pelvic discomfort or pain, persistent indigestion, gas or nausea, changes in bowel habits, such as constipation, changes in bladder habits, including a frequent need to urinate, loss of appetite or quickly feeling full, and low back pain. ...Read more
Not very likely: The actual answer to this depends on whether there is a family history of ovarian cancer. If a close family member of the 25-year old has had ovarian cancer then the family could carry the brca gene which would increase the possibility of ovarian cancer. Symptoms of ovarian cancer are generally bloating and possibly abdominal pain. An ultrasound of the ovaries will find cancer. ...Read more
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
None at first: Sadly, there is no screening for ovarian cancer and by the time it causes symptoms, it is often advanced. Abdominal swelling, pain, or shortness of breath can happen in those cases. If you have strong family history for breast or ovarian ca, ask your gyn about risk assessment and genetic counseling. If the risk is high enough, a woman may benefit of preventative surgery. ...Read more
Symptoms are vague and non-specific, that is the reason is not commonly diagnosed in early stage.
You asked several questions about it today and seems to be very worried. Please see your ob-gyn and get it checked. ...Read more
Serious Health issue: The only way to know what's going on in your body is to know what is normal for your body and your age. Participate in the regular screening studies and visit with your md regularly. Visit the american cancer society web page to see what screening is recommended and what age to start. ...Read more
This is not a right: Secondary ovarian cancer is not a correct term to describe your cancer. I assume you are saying that it has recurred? In that case there are several drugs and treatments which are commonly used with significant extension of life and occasional cures(possible) but typically it is uncommon to cure ovarian cancer, second time around after failing first line of chemotherapy. Seek an expert opinion for. ...Read more
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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