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What are the symptoms, diagnostic options, and preventive measures for ovarian cancer?


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Published At April 10, 2024
Reviewed AtApril 10, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have been reading about ovarian cancer and wondering about the role of Pap tests (Papanicolaou test) in its detection. Can you clarify if Pap tests are effective in identifying ovarian cancer, or are they mainly for detecting cervical issues? Also, are there specific symptoms or signs of ovarian cancer that women should be aware of? I am trying to understand more about preventive measures and early detection methods for ovarian cancer. Please help.

Thank you.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have read the query, and I can understand your concern.

I can understand your concern. Pap test has no role in detecting ovarian cancer. Pap test (Papanicolaou test) helps detect early cervical cancer. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are pain in the abdomen or pelvis.

  1. Gastrointestinal: bloating, change in bowel habits, indigestion, or nausea.

  2. Abdominal: Fullness, fluid, or lump in the abdomen.

  3. Whole body: cancer-related fatigue or loss of appetite.

  4. Weight loss is common.

Preventive measures for ovarian cancer.

  1. Maintain a healthy weight, avoid tobacco, and limit the amount of alcohol.

  2. Consider pregnancy and breastfeeding.

  3. Hysterectomy or having tubes tied.

  4. Screening and early detection - Undergo a rectovaginal pelvic exam by a gynecologist, a transvaginal ultrasound, and a CA-125 (Ovarian cancer-related tumor marker) blood test.

I hope this will help you.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah
Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Medical oncology

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