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Let me try this again one ovary larger than other ovary only shows simple folllicular cyst on ultrasound nothing abnormal can cancer present a just an enlargrment with nothing abormal on ultrasound?

Let me try this again one ovary larger than other ovary only shows simple folllicular cyst on ultrasound nothing abnormal can cancer present a just an enlargrment with nothing abormal on ultrasound?

Not likely: Ovaries are very active organs with monthly changes, enlarging and shrinking. Cysts come and go. Usually pelvic ultrasound is repeated after 4-6 weeks. A tumor may persist. Cancer may continue to grow. In medically literature, a size greater than 5 cm may prompt surgical intervention. Again, there are no way to rule out cancer until the ovary is removed. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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My partner has a complex cyst on ovary found during ultrasound. She is 22 years old. How likely is is to be cancer? She has appt but is very worried.

My partner has a complex cyst on ovary found during ultrasound. She is 22 years old. How likely is is to be cancer? She has appt but is very worried.

Complex cyst: At age 22, the risk of a complex cyst being cancer is very low. More common causes, by far, are other types of cysts that will go away by themselves or a non-cancerous dermoid cyst. Often a cyst that forms when an egg is normally released can collapse or bleed inside itself. This is the most common cause of a complex cyst at her age. Usually we would repeat the ultrasound in a few months. ...Read more

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My ultrasound showed both of my ovaries enlarged due to complex cysts 4cm and 5cm. My doctor suspects endiometriosis. Can this be cancer? I am 27.

My ultrasound showed both of my ovaries enlarged due to complex cysts 4cm and 5cm. My doctor suspects endiometriosis. Can this be cancer? I am 27.

Not likely: Ovarian cancer is unlikely. It is good that you are under the care of a doctor. It would be a good idea to follow her/his advice. 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. 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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"11.6 x 9.9 CM large heterogeneous mass involving right ovary."is the result of ultrasound test.Is it cancer?

"11.6 x 9.9 CM large heterogeneous mass involving right ovary."is the result of ultrasound test.Is it cancer?

Not necessarily: Heterogenous ovarian masses can be caused by a variety of benign and malignant causes. Often an ovarian mass of that size would warrant removal and complete pathologic examination to rule out malignancy. ...Read more

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I 2 huge cysts on my ovaries, they went away for a month and came back, how is my doctor so sure it is not cancer from only ultrasound?

Come and go: Ovarian cancers do not 'go away and then come back.' Are you certain they did go away? If so, you can be quite certain they are not cancers. It would help also to know some numbers when you say 'huge?' ...Read more

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After a vagina and a top pelvis ultrasound and a CT scan doctor says the sourse of my pelvic pain is a left ovary cyst. Said that it should clear up on its on. With all three test would that been able to tell if this was ovarian cancer. I am 41 years ol

After a vagina and a top pelvis ultrasound and a CT scan doctor says the sourse of my pelvic pain is a left ovary cyst.  Said that it should clear up on its on.  With all three test would that been able to tell if this was ovarian cancer. I am 41 years ol

Most likely Cyst: Cancer much less likely. As you know nothing in life is 100%. The most likely diagnosis based on what is described is cyst. Depending on simple vs. Complex cyst it needs to be followed for a couple of your cycles till resolves. Cancer is much less likely. ...Read more

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I have been in pain for over half a year and I finally got it checked out and the doctor hasn't answered me for two weeks now. They were asking me about cancer, tumor, and clot history in my family. They did an ultrasound and one of my ovaries looked like

I have been in pain for over half a year and I finally got it checked out and the doctor hasn't answered me for two weeks now. They were asking me about cancer, tumor, and clot history in my family. They did an ultrasound and one of my ovaries looked like

Sounds complicated: Call the doctors office and make a followup appointment. Pain for a 1/2 years deserves a face to face appt with the doctor who can examine you show you the results and review the US. The doctor will come up with a plan of action treatment plan. Good luck ...Read more

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Recently had vag ultrasound. result: multiple nabothian cysts. left ovary almost double in size with 2.9 CM cyst. no sig free fluid. Help? Cancer?

Recently had vag ultrasound. result: multiple nabothian cysts. left ovary almost double in size with 2.9 CM cyst. no sig free fluid. Help?  Cancer?

Pelvic ultrasound: Nabothian cysts are a benign incidental finding, not cancer. If the ovary is enlarged only because of the presence of a cyst, and it is a simple cyst, likely nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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42 yr. 2 doc confirmed by ultrasound a 5cm follicular cyst on rt ovary 2 yrs watching. Now ROMA high and refer to oncologist to remove. Is it cancer?

42 yr. 2 doc confirmed by ultrasound a 5cm follicular cyst on rt ovary 2 yrs watching. Now ROMA high and refer to oncologist to remove. Is it cancer?

Not necessarily: Risk of Ovarian Malignancy Algorithm (ROMA) is a screening tests, which makes use of two serum biomarkers. Like most good screening tests, it has a high sensitivity, but it does not necessarily mean there is cancer. It simply means further testing needs to be done to be sure. ROMA is designed to check cancer early. Appropriate referral to gynecologic oncologist can result in lifesaving surgery ...Read more

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What is my doctor looking for in a cat scan of pelvis after ultrasound (normal). I have pain in pelvis particularly r ovary. Cancer?

What is my doctor looking for in a cat scan of pelvis after ultrasound (normal). I have pain in pelvis particularly r ovary. Cancer?

Pelvic pain: Ct scan shows more details of the pelvic contents. Cancer ovary is ruled out if normal ultrasound since it presents with cysts or masses which are easily diagnosed by the ultrasound. So stool analysis and blood tests will provide us with the clues. So better stop worrying about cancer with a negative provisional result. ...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


Ovary (Definition)

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