One of the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer and Uterine Fibroids is bloating. Can you explain bloating and ovarian cancer tests?
Bloating is a fairly common symptom for a number of problems including fibroids, irritable bowel syndrome, temporary GI distress and ovarian cancer. I usually tell women that if bloating persists for more than 2 weeks, they should see a doctor. But, even then, it is usually nothing serious. Testing for ovarian cancer, at present, is not very accurate – blood tests or ultrasound can miss early cancers or be falsely positive and make everyone unnecessarily worried. The good news is that there will be a new blood test coming out this year (2004) that has, in early testing, been extremely accurate. The test, called proteiomics (it will have other commercial names when it is made available) matches proteins in the blood to proteins known to occur with ovarian cancer. So, finally, we may have an answer to early detection of this terrible disease. William Parker, M.D.