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74barnes posted:
I was in the ER last night with what I suspected to be appendicitis b/c of the the blinding pain. Ultrasound says it's a ruptured ovarian cyst. Oh Boy! I am worried about ovarian cancer, will call my surgeon on Monday. I had my uterusand cervix removed about a year ago, due to large fibroids and the surgeons said that they actually looked at my ovaries at that time and they looked good. So I am kinda astounded to now have this problem. I have the cd of the untrasound, but haven't looked at it yet to see the size(s). So I guess I am worried and wondering....does ovarian cystic disease lead to cancer? Can the doctors do the ca125 test on me without a cervix? Did I miss something?
someonewhocares3 responded:
MOST cysts are benign so you can rest easy! A woman's lifetime risk of ovarian cancer is 1.7% and it's even lower in women who've had their uterus removed although I've read that ovarian cysts are more common in women who've had a hyst.

The CA-125 test is not accurate in diagnosing ovarian cancer (OC) although it has some use in assessing the effectiveness of OC treatment.

Here are a couple of sources of info on ovarian cysts -
Ovarian cysts and ovarian cancer

I developed an ovarian cyst (which looked somewhat suspicious on ultrasound). My gyn rushed me into surgery and removed my sex organs (uterus and both ovaries) even though the cyst was benign. This was against "his" oncologist's recommendation to only remove the one ovary. And I discovered afterwards that a surgeon skilled in doing cystectomies could probably have removed just the cyst leaving my ovary (as well as my uterus and other ovary) intact.

Hope this helps!

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