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Does a normal pelvic exam rule out ovarian cancer?

Does a normal pelvic exam rule out ovarian cancer?

Pelvic exam: A good pelvic exam by a seasoned professional can often pick up abnormalities. However, if a cancer is very small it may not be discovered in a routine pelvic exam. An ultrasound can pick up small lesions. Speak with your doctor. ...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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Is ovarian cancer only detectable by pelvic exam after it has advanced?

Is ovarian cancer only detectable by pelvic exam after it has advanced?

Imaging/tissue too: Physical exam and imaging such as ultrasound or ct are helpful in confirming the presence of a mass. Generally the diagnosis requires a surgical procedure to obtain tissue samples to confirm cancer. ...Read more

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Just went to gyno. For yearly can they tell if you have ovarian cancer? Pap or pelvic exam?

Just went to gyno.  For yearly can they tell if you have ovarian cancer? Pap or pelvic exam?

Annual exam: A pap smear is typically done during the annual exam. A pap smear is the test done to detect and prevent cervical cancer. During the pelvic exam the ovaries are felt. This is one of the screening tools to detect ovarian abnormalities. In some cases a sonogram is done to better assess the ovaries. ...Read more

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Normal pelvic exam lower back pain and urine frequency could you have ovarian cancer?

Back pain&ovarianCA: Ovarian ca is the silent ca. It is hard to diagnosis and it can be easily confused with other problems. Symptoms are bloating, pelvic and back pain, frequent urination, difficulty eating, weight loss , which have been present for at least 6-12 months. The most common cause of frequency and back pain is a bladder infection...But pleas see your doctor and get checked out for both. ...Read more

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Having the urge to urinate a lot. Had a pelvic exam and vag u/s 5 months ago. Uti ruled out. Could it be ovarian cancer?

Having the urge to urinate a lot. Had a pelvic exam and vag u/s 5 months ago. Uti ruled out. Could it be ovarian cancer?

Seems unlikely: Ovarian cancer would not be my first thought in someone with urinary urgency. Overactive bladder and interstitial cystitis are common causes. An obgyn visit will be needed to help sort this out and do the evaluation. If needed a referral to a Urogynecologist may be helpful. ...Read more

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32 yo- periods nml 7 days & heavy. Last 2 were light and 3-5 days. Preg neg- pelvic exam & pap 1 mo ago nml. CT of ab &pelvis nml 2 mos ago. Should I be worried? Could this be ovarian cancer or uterine cancer? What should I do?

32 yo- periods nml 7 days & heavy. Last 2 were light and 3-5 days. Preg neg- pelvic exam & pap 1 mo ago nml. CT of ab &pelvis nml 2 mos ago. Should I be worried? Could this be ovarian cancer or uterine cancer? What should I do?

See below: Being obsessed about cancer is not helpful. Take oral iron and vitamins to prevent anemia from heavy periods. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. 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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Does a pelvic test doctor fell ovarian cancer or does it sees?

Ovarian cancer: A pelvic exam can help a doctor find ovarian cancer. Imaging (ultrasound or ct scan) can also help the doctor. If a mass is found, a ca 125 can help a doctor triage you to a gyn oncologist if it is elevated (higher risk of ovarian cancer). ...Read more

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Are symptoms such as persistent pelvic pain, bloating, etc a sign of ovarian cancer?

May be: There are no specific signs of ovarian cancer. The symptoms you mentioned are associated with ovarian cancer, but then theses symptoms are also present in lots of people without ovarian cancer. See this site for information on this subject. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ovarian-cancer/basics/symptoms/con-20028096 ...Read more

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Dr. Srbislav Brasovan
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Pelvic Exam (Definition)

Physical exam involving examination of the outside of the female genitalia (vulva), the inside (vagina) , as well as an examination of the cervix, uterus, tubes, ovaries, and tissue around the uterus (parametria). A bimanual exam then involves 2 fingers in the vagina with the other hand on the abdomen. A rectovaginal exam is one finger inthe vagina, one finger in the rectum with ...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