Physician Tina Ayeni, MD, who is board-certified in gynecologic oncology with Franciscan Physician Network Gynecologic Oncology Specialists in Indianapolis, answers your questions about ovarian cancer.
A: Ovarian and breast cancers have many of the same risk factors, which surprises many women.
Risk factors for ovarian cancer include:
But while these are risk factors, they are not predictors for ovarian cancer.
Talk to your primary care doctor if you are concerned about your risk for ovarian cancer. He or she may recommend regular imaging or blood tests. You may want to consider genetic counseling for more information as well. Most important, though, discuss any symptoms with your primary care doctor.
A: Symptoms of ovarian cancer may include:
A: Unfortunately, experts still aren't sure what causes this cancer, and there are no highly reliable screenings for ovarian cancer.
Early detection can increase the effectiveness of treatment for ovarian cancer, especially in the early stages when the cancer is still contained in the ovaries. Discuss any symptoms with your primary care doctor.