Ovarian cancer is rare and usually discovered at a late stage. The signs and symptoms are subtle and not dissimilar from other abdominal or pelvic complaints.
The key is that they are persistent.
In this video, Elizabeth Poynor, MD, PhD, a Manhattan-based gynecologic oncologist describes this not as a 'silent cancer' but, as a cancer which 'whispers.'
Workup includes the disease includes a pelvic exam, a transvaginal ultrasound and possibly a CT scan.
CA 125 is a blood test which is useful in following women who have been treated for an ovarian cancer to monitor a recurrence. It is not sensitive enough to detect early ovarian cancer nor specific enough because it may be elevated in benign conditions.
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