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How is ovarian cancer diagnosed?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

When diagnosing ovarian cancer, the doctor will take a medical history and perform a pelvic exam. The doctor may assess the size of your ovaries with ultrasound, an imaging modality that uses sound waves to create images. Computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and x-ray imaging may help the doctor get a more detailed look at your organs. Cancer antigen 125, or CA-125, levels may be high in those with ovarian cancer so your doctor may order a blood test. The doctor can also insert a laparoscope into your abdomen in order to more fully assess your ovaries and surrounding organs.

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