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.
Ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is often found because a patient has persistent complaints of pain, bloating, urinary urgency or discomfort. There is no screening test. If a mass is found and a patient has an elevated ca 125 or a family history o breast or ovarian cancer, the patient is referred to a gynecologic oncologist for surgery.

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How early can ovarian cancer be detected?

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...

How early could ovarian cancer be detected?

Hard to say. No good screening for ovarian cancer.Studies were done to see if transvaginal sono can detect early case of ovarian cancer in asymptomatic people- only showing that all of the cancer that were detected by the sono-are stage 3 or above. It requires high awareness from the patient, low threshold of suspicion of md, multiple modalities to detect earlier case of cancer( stage 1 or 2)-which can happen. Read more...
Probably by 40-50. There is no specific test that can detect ovarian cancer. A triad of tests is used, including pelvic exam, ca-125, and transvaginal ultrasound. Incidence starts to rise in the 5th decade, and peaks in the 8th decade. So these tests most likely detect cancer by then since it is big enough. If cancer is very aggressive, it might be noticed earlier in rare cases. Surgery is likely definitive. Read more...
Depends. Ovarian cancer may be detected early, while still confined to the ovary, as an incidental finding during abdominal surgery for an other reason. Usually early ovarian cancer does not cause any specific symptoms and is not detected early. Read more...