Epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) is a self descriptive condition.
WHAT CAUSES IT?
While the exact mechanism is not completely understood, it seems as though repeated trauma and repair of the ovary surface increase the risk of EOC. The most clear example of this is ovulation. In essence, repeat ovulation seems to increase the risk of EOC.
WHAT MAKES US SUSPECT IT?
Infertility, nulliparity, endometriosis, BRCA1/BRAC2 mutations, Lynch syndrome, postmenopausal age
- Abodminla distention/ascities
- Weight loss
- Decreased appetite
Tumor marker analysis:
- Elevated cancer antigen 125 (CA-125) in the setting of a postmenopausal woman is concerning for EOC.
Oral contraceptive usage, multiparty, breastfeeding, tubal ligation, sapling-oophorectomy
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