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Doctor insights on: Ovarian Cancer Vs Perimenopause

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Do I have ovarian cancer?

Do I have ovarian cancer?

Probably not: But you'll have to give us a few more clues to get our input, but better to see your doctor to discuss prospect and risk. Unless fm hx, brca-2 +, I would not worry at 24. ...Read more

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 caused ovarian cancer?

What caused ovarian cancer?

Possible Risk Factor: Risk factors for ovarian cancer include increasing age, obesity, prolonged use of fertility drugs, and family history of breast, ovarian, or colon cancer, especially for persons with brca 1 or 2 mutations. However, it's impossible to know why any individual develops cancer since having a risk factor does not guarantee the disease will develop and many people with cancer may not have risk factor. ...Read more

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How is ovarian cancer caused?

How is ovarian cancer caused?

No one cause: There is no specific cause for ovarian cancer, but several risk factors have been identified. Women who have a family history of either ovarian, breast, or colon cancer all are at increased risk for ovarian cancer. Most ovarian cancers are diagnosed in the six or seventh decades of life, and typically arise from the ovarian epithelium. There is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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How is ovarian cancer detected?

How is ovarian cancer detected?

A few ways: Often it's asymptomatic until it's well advanced. If there's any early symptoms it's going to be vague ones that ladies are plagued with anyway like bloating and pelvic pain and bladder irritation. Testing 1st involves a pelvic exam (a small mass will be hard to feel), an ultrasound, possibly an MRI. A ca125 is a blood test that's usually elevated in ovarian cancer, but other things elevate it too. ...Read more

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How is ovarian cancer diagnosed?

How is ovarian cancer diagnosed?

Tissue examination: Symptoms of ovarian cancer are vague and physical examination may reveal a mass. There are many causes of a mass in the ovary and once a diagnosis is suspected, it requires removal of tissue and examination by a pathologist for definitive diagnosis. See this site for more info
http://www.Cancer. Org/cancer/ovariancancer/detailedguide/ovarian-cancer-diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you die from ovarian cancer?

Can you die from ovarian cancer?

Yes: Untreated, ovarian cancer is 100% fatal unless something else kills the patient first. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Varies / nonspecific: Symptoms of ovarian cancer are not specific and may include: abdominal pressure / fullness / bloating, pelvic discomfort / pain, persistent indigestion / gas / nausea, changes in bowel habits (such as constipation), changes in bladder habits, loss of appetite or quickly feeling full, increased abdominal girth or clothes fitting tighter around your waist, lack of energy, and low back pain. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of ovarian cancer?

What are symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: Symptoms include bloating, pelvic pain, urinary urgency, and early satiety. Studies have found that symptoms occur in early stages in many women, but they are nonspecific. ...Read more

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What are symptoms for ovarian cancer?

What are symptoms for ovarian cancer?

Very few initially.: Ovarian cancer is hard to diagnose early due to the lack of symptoms initially and the non-specific symptoms which develop as the disease progresses. In general, symptoms can range from bloating, increasing abdominal size, nausea, decreased appetite, weight loss and pain. ...Read more

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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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What are the symptoms ovarian cancer?

What are the symptoms ovarian cancer?

None until late: The most common symptoms associated with ovarian cancer include feeling full after a few bites of food, abdominal pain and bloating and changes in urinary or bowel function. ...Read more

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What are the stages of ovarian cancer?

See below: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/ovariancancer/

Please visit this site for information on this topic. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Bloating, fullness: Unfortunately, ovarian cancer often causes vague symptoms which are often mild so the patient is not brought to medical attention until the cancer is advanced. Some symptoms can include bloating, changes in urinary or bowel habits, a feeling of fullness, and increased abdominal size. These symptoms are often present daily. ...Read more

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How is ovarian cancer typically treated?

Surg+/-Chemo: Ovarian cancer is first treated with surgery and then depending on the findings from surgery chemotherapy may or may not be recommended. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

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

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Which are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Which are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Often none: One of the reasons that ovarian cancer has such a poor prognosis overall is that it usually does not cause symptoms and thus is not found until it has become fairly advanced and more difficult to treat. While it can cause vague spyoma as described most cases are asymptomatic until it's had a chance to progress. If you have a concern or are at high risk genetically, talk to your md about screening. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Fullness in pelvis: It is a disease most common in post-menopausal women. Most common presenting complaint is a sense of fullness or bloating in the pelvis. ...Read more

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What are the main signs of ovarian cancer?

What are the main signs of ovarian cancer?

Minimal: Early on, few if any signs. As the cancer progresses, one may feel abd / pelvic pain, bloating, constipation, urinary frequency or pain, early satiety (feeling full too soon when eating), fatigue, menstrual pains, painful intercourse.

Hard to detect from signs alone. If several of these signs are present, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the chance of having ovarian cancer?

What is the chance of having ovarian cancer?

Low: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/ovarian
About 22000 ovarian cancers occur in a year in the US. See information at the web address given above. ...Read more

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What is the chance of having ovarian cancer?

Low: The answer, of course, depends on the situation. The lifetime incidence for ovarian cancer in the general population is around 1 in 80 women. That risk is higher for women with BRCA mutations, Lynch syndrome, or a significant family history of cancer, especially breast, ovarian, uterine, or colon cancer. The risk is higher for women who have fewer children, less breastfeeding and no OCP use. ...Read more

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Why should I be concerned about ovarian cancer?

Why should I be concerned about ovarian cancer?

Yes if you are male: All females must be aware of ovarian cancers, especially with family history, must go for regular gyn check ups, for early detection and cure. ...Read more

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What are the chances of recurrence of ovarian cancer?

It depends: It is dependent on Stage of cancer when first treated. For those who had treatment for stage 3/4 the risk of recurrence is quite high()>50%). It is much lower for
stage 1/2. ...Read more

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What are the possibilities u can die from ovarian cancer?

What are the possibilities u can die from ovarian cancer?

Ovarian Cancer: Is a difficult cancer to diagnose because the symptoms are nonspecific. Secondary to this it is often not diagnosed until late in its course. The overall relative survival rate of ovarian cancer at 5 years is 44%. This means that when taking out people that die of other causes 44% live 5 years. Now people found early with less severe disease have a 92% survival rate. ...Read more

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Is ovarian cancer treatable?

It depends: It is treatable although the treatment and prognosis depends on the stage of the cancer. The smaller and more localized the cancer, the better the prognosis. ...Read more

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How can I prevent ovarian cancer?

How can I prevent ovarian cancer?

Difficult to do.: Unfortunately, preventing ovarian cancer is difficult. Some risk factors include family history (having a genetic mutation called brca), never having children, and exposure to estrogen therapy. Thus, having children and avoiding estrogen will help decrease your risk. ...Read more

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What are ovarian cancer symptoms?

What are ovarian cancer symptoms?

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, intestinal obstruction, or shortness of breath can happen in those cases. If you have a strong family history of cancer (any kind) please discuss risk reduction methods with an expert in cancer genetics. ...Read more

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Is ovarian cancer always a tumour?

Is ovarian cancer always a tumour?

Yes: Cancer is by definition a tumor, even when there is no mass (as in leukemia). Many tumors are benign, i.e., not cancer. ...Read more

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How can you prevent ovarian cancer?

You can't completely: Risk factors for ovarian cancer include never having children, genetics (family history), and estrogen therapy. Though ovarian cancer cannot be completely prevented, you can decrease your risk by having children and avoiding estrogen therapy. If you know you have the brca mutation, which causes both breast and ovarian cancer, you can have your ovaries surgically removed to prevent ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Does ovarian cancer run in families?

Yes it can: A family history of ovarain cancer in a first-degree relative (sister, mother, daughter) increases the ovarain cacner risk in an erson. Certain inherited genetic syndromes such as brca mutation carriers and patients with lynch syndrome are predisposed to ovarain cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Lyons
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Perimenopause (Definition)

Period of time when your estrogen levels start to decline, your periods become irregular, symptoms such as hot flashes may begin, along with mood swings and other ...Read more


Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Ovarian Cancer (Definition)

A typically silend cancer which ...Read more