Rising up against ovarian cancer

If you have symptoms or feel you are at high risk, speak with your medical provider and ask them to rule out ovarian cancer with these tests and procedures:

Woman getting a physical exam

Physical Exam, including a recto-vaginal exam that allows the doctor to feel for a mass or other abnormal conditions that might indicate ovarian cancer. This should be a part of every woman's annual checkup with her gynecologist or primary care provider.

 
Ultrasound

Trans-vaginal ultrasound providing the best view of the ovaries and other organs or masses that may indicate a need for further testing.

 
Image of woman getting her blood tested

CA-125 blood test measuring the level of a cancer antigen protein found in many, but not all, ovarian cancer cells. Caution must be taken when interpreting the results of this test because it has a high incidence of both false positives and false negatives and there are many other conditions that can produce elevated levels of the CA-125 protein.

 
It is important to note that these tests, when administered independently of each other, are less effective in detecting the disease than when they are used in combination. Ongoing research is aimed at finding a test that will effectively screen for ovarian cancer -- in its early stages, before it has spread. NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative dreams of the day when a screening test is develiped and becomes a routine part of every woman's annual exam, just like a Pap Test and Mammogram.

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