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How accurate is the transabdomen and transvaginal ultrasound for early detection of ovarian cancer?

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Dr. Danielle Salhany
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Not very

Unfortunately, there is no good screening for ovarian cancer.
Ultrasound will show a mass if there is one and may help characterize it as likely benign or malignant. This, with blood test and recognizing symptoms, might help with managment of a mass that is already there, but not in early detection. Notify your doctor if you have persistent bloating, change in bowel or bladder habits, or pain.

In brief: Not very

Unfortunately, there is no good screening for ovarian cancer.
Ultrasound will show a mass if there is one and may help characterize it as likely benign or malignant. This, with blood test and recognizing symptoms, might help with managment of a mass that is already there, but not in early detection. Notify your doctor if you have persistent bloating, change in bowel or bladder habits, or pain.
Dr. Danielle Salhany
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Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology
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In brief: Quite accurate

In patients with strong family history of ovarian ca, screening with ultrasound and blood test is indicated since it's difficult to pick up early ovarian cancer.
The ultrasound can differentiate between a simple cyst or a complex cyst ( mixed cystic and solid structure) which may warrant further testing and treatment. It can also evaluate the size and grow of the cyst.

In brief: Quite accurate

In patients with strong family history of ovarian ca, screening with ultrasound and blood test is indicated since it's difficult to pick up early ovarian cancer.
The ultrasound can differentiate between a simple cyst or a complex cyst ( mixed cystic and solid structure) which may warrant further testing and treatment. It can also evaluate the size and grow of the cyst.
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