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Confused and getting conflicting answers. Can ovary enlarge due to ovarian cancer without a mass?

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Dr. Li-Min Hwang
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Not likely

There are no easy ways to make a diagnosis of early ovarian cancer.
Majority of ovarian cancers are complex cystic. Homogenous bilateral ovarian enlargement without other findings is probably not due to cancer.

In brief: Not likely

There are no easy ways to make a diagnosis of early ovarian cancer.
Majority of ovarian cancers are complex cystic. Homogenous bilateral ovarian enlargement without other findings is probably not due to cancer.
Dr. Li-Min Hwang
Dr. Li-Min Hwang
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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine
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In brief: Certainly

An ovary can certainly enlarge due to cancer, but it may not be a palpable mass.
This is why even if you have had a hysterectomy, you still need a physical every year. The average womans ovaries are not palpable, particularly if they are even mildly overweight. If your doctor feels an ovary, that is a suspicious finding, particularly in post menopausal women.

In brief: Certainly

An ovary can certainly enlarge due to cancer, but it may not be a palpable mass.
This is why even if you have had a hysterectomy, you still need a physical every year. The average womans ovaries are not palpable, particularly if they are even mildly overweight. If your doctor feels an ovary, that is a suspicious finding, particularly in post menopausal women.
Dr. Gregory Hines
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