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Can I Get Checked for Ovarian Cancer Before I Have Symptoms?
Screening tests check for signs of cancer in people who don't have any symptoms. The goal of these tests is to discover the disease at an early stage when it is easier to treat. With the current screening methods available, mass screening of women for ovarian cancer is not recommended at this time. Why not? Because current screening tests are not accurate enough to find ovarian cancer in most women. Still, you should see your doctor on a regular basis to get a pelvic exam as often as your doctor suggests.
Are you at high risk for ovarian cancer?
Talk with your doctor about tests if you answer yes to one or both of these questions. Answering yes means you are at high risk for ovarian cancer.
Have you had breast, uterine, rectum, or colon cancer?
Has your mother, sister, or daughter had ovarian, breast, uterine, rectum, or colon cancer? These women are considered your first-degree relatives. If you have two or more first-degree relatives who have had ovarian cancer, this suggests a possible hereditary cause.
If you are at high risk for ovarian cancer, additional tests are recommended for you.
Blood test for the antigen CA-125, which is a protein found in the cells of some kinds of ovarian cancer. This is not a perfect screening test, however, because it is not elevated in all women with ovarian cancer. And if it is elevated, it does not necessarily mean you have ovarian cancer.
A woman with risk factors for hereditary ovarian cancer should have a formal consultation with a genetic counselor with special expertise cancer.
One of the most important things you can do is be aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer. If you have symptoms of ovarian cancer, such as a need to urinate frequently, bloating, or abdominal discomfort almost every day for more than a few weeks, and they can't be explained by other more common conditions, go see your gynecologist as soon as possible.
Broward Health Imperial Point is recognized for its excellent outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation. For more than 40 years, we have been professionally treating patients from Dade County, Broward County and Palm Beach County.
Broward Health Imperial Point works with patients to help return them to optimal function. The emphasis is on teaching patients to take responsibility for their improvement and understanding how to maintain and improve joint function over their lifetime.
Specialty Areas of Treatment in Orthopedics
- Shoulder injuries: impingement, rotator cuff dysfunction, labral tears and instabilities
- Knee injuries: patella femoral dysfunction, ligamentous sprains, meniscal tears, postoperative open and arthroscopic techniques
- Total joint replacement: knee, hip, shoulder and ankle
- Lumbo-pelvic treatments for disc disease and herniation, SI joint dysfunction and stenosis
- Cervical spine disc disease and herniation, stenosis and acute wry neck
- Hip arthroscopy
- Frozen shoulder management
- Post-surgical rehabilitation for the spine and extremities
Specialty Areas of Treatment in Geriatrics
- Degenerative disc management for lumbar and cervical spine
- Stenosis of the spine
- After-fracture care
- Joint replacement rehabilitation
- Osteoporosis, vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty
Certified Practitioner in the McKenzie® Method
- Treats spinal dysfunction and pain with an exercise- and posture-based program
- Emphasizes patient understanding of problem movements and postures so patients can learn movements and ways to reduce their pain
- Often eliminates the need for expensive and invasive treatment
For further information on the McKenzie Method® call 954-776-8830 or email a Broward Health Imperial Point therapist with questions.
Let the Broward Health Imperial Point team of dedicated healthcare professionals help you get back into action. The Rehabilitation Services Department is conveniently located on the first floor of the hospital with easy access through the hospital’s south entrance.
For more information regarding physical therapy, please call 954-776-8830. Prescriptions are required for evaluation by a physical therapist. Broward Health Imperial Point works with most insurance companies and accepts cash payments if no insurance is available. Need a doctor? Call the Broward Health Line at 954-759-7400.