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4 Things You Need to Know About Removing Ovarian Cysts

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Before removing a suspected ovarian cyst, a gynecologist frequently requests additional tests, such as a sonogram and CA-125 blood test. The sonogram allows the doctor the get a better picture of your ovaries, allowing her to see the size of the cyst and its precise location. In addition, a gynecologist sometimes requests a CA-125 test if the patient has an increased risk for ovarian cancer. The CA-125 test checks the level of the CA-125 protein in your blood. CA-125 levels in excess of 35 suggest an increased likelihood that the cyst is cancerous. It's important to recognize that the CA-125 test is not perfect. Sometimes the CA-125 level is high in women who don't have cancer, while it may be low in women who do have cancer.

Before removing a suspected ovarian cyst, a gynecologist frequently requests additional tests, such as a sonogram and CA-125 blood test. The sonogram allows the doctor the get a better picture of your ovaries, allowing her to see the size of the cyst and its precise location. In addition, a gynecologist sometimes requests a CA-125 test if the patient has an increased risk for ovarian cancer. The CA-125 test checks the level of the CA-125 protein in your blood. CA-125 levels in excess of 35 suggest an increased likelihood that the cyst is cancerous. It's important to recognize that the CA-125 test is not perfect. Sometimes the CA-125 level is high in women who don't have cancer, while it may be low in women who do have cancer.

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