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Poor screening results for ovarian cancer detection

There are currently no screening recommendations for detecting ovarian cancer, and a recent study has supported the reservation in encouraging at risk female populations to seek screening. Two tests were trialled for their sensitivity in detecting ovarian cancer, transvaginal ultrasound and a blood test for the tumor marker, CA-125. Both tests were found to be insensitive in detecting if a tumor of the ovaries was present, leading to anxiety and unnecessary surgery for those who were misdiagnosed. Ovarian cancer normally presents in the later stages of the disease, when treatment options are limited and often unsuccessful. It is the 7th most common type of cancer in women and treatment involves surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, which is most effective on early cancer. Researchers believe that early ovarian tumors present with abdominal symptoms, pain during intercourse and urinary changes, and that screening these people would lead to more sensitive results.

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About: Poor screening results for ovarian cancer detection

Date: 7 November 2005

Source: HealthDay News

Author: Steven Rheinberg

URL: http://www.forbes.com/lifestyle/health/feeds/hscout/2005/11/07/hscout528964.html

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