Ovarian cancer awareness

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month 2022

September 1st marks the start of Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.  Ovarian cancer includes cancer of the ovaries, fallopian tubes and the primary peritoneum.   According to the American Association for Cancer Research, this group is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths in women in the United States.  While ovarian cancer is rare, about 1.3 percent of women will be diagnosed with it at some point in their life.

The deadly aspect about ovarian cancer is that symptoms can actually go undetected for so long.  By the time patients receive an accurate diagnosis, it can be too late.  While ovarian cancer tends to occur in post-menopausal women, anyone can be at risk.

How is Ovarian Cancer diagnosed?

There are two tests that are used most often to screen for ovarian cancer. One is the CA-125 blood test and the other is transvaginal ultrasound.   Transvaginal ultrasound uses sound waves to look at the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries.  Doctors will also complete a full pelvic exam as well.  Ultrasound is often the first test done if a doctor suspects an issue with the ovaries.  According to the American Cancer Society, doctors will use transvaginal ultrasound to find an ovarian tumor and check if it is a solid mass (tumor) or a fluid filled cyst.  Ultrasound helps the doctor decide which masses or cysts should be tested further.

Imaging Solutions for Women’s Health

USC carries a full range of new and refurbished ultrasound equipment for Women’s Health.  We recommend the Alpinion X-Cube 90 and the Alpinion X-Cube 70 not only for their high-end image quality but also for their affordability and extended warranty features.  If you’re interested in learning more about our options for Women’s Imaging, please feel free to contact us today.  We would be happy to work with you to provide the best options for your practice.

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