What is Mucinous Carcinoma of the Ovary?Mucinous carcinoma of the ovary is a type of ovarian cancer that arises from the epithelial cells of the ovary. Ovarian cancer is a common gynecological ovarian tumor; Mucinous carcinoma of the ovary accounts for approximately 12% of all ovarian cancers.
Disease CausesThere is no well-known cause, but certain hereditary and genetic mutations and cigarette smoking are risk factors for developing ovarian mucinous carcinoma.
Signs and SymptomsThe patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. These are
- Pain in the abdomen
- Distension of the abdomen
- Swelling or lump in the abdomen or pelvic region
- Pain, pressure, or feeling of fullness in the abdomen(belly)
DiagnosisFollowing diagnostic tests and procedures can be used to make the diagnosis. These are
- Complete blood count ( CBC)
- Serum tumor markers
- Imaging techniques like ultrasonography (USG), CT-scan, MRI, and X-Ray to detect the site, size, and extent of the tumor.
- Pelvic examination through per- speculum examination of the vagina, cervix, and ovaries. A speculum is a gynecological instrument used to visualize the vaginal wall, cervix, uterus, and ovaries to detect any abnormality.