What is the role of mammography in the workup of ovarian cancer?

Updated: Aug 10, 2020
  • Author: Andrew E Green, MD; Chief Editor: Yukio Sonoda, MD  more...
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The preoperative workup also should include mammography for women older than 40 years who have not had a recent mammogram. This is especially important in women with estrogen-producing tumors because these may increase the risk of breast malignancies.

Additionally, breast cancers can metastasize to the ovaries, often bilaterally. Mammography can help rule out the possibility of a nongynecologic primary neoplasm in the breast.


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