ANNUAL BLOOD SCREENING FOR OVARIAN CANCER REDUCES EARLY DEATH RISK: BRITISH RESEARCH

Dec 18, 2015

By Jane Brown

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New research from the U.K. suggests women should undergo a yearly blood screening for ovarian cancer.

But it will likely be a while before there are any solid recommendations on this test.

British Researchers assigned 22,000 women to one of three groups; one that was not tested for ovarian cancer, one that received annual blood tests for ovarian cancer or had an annual ultrasound.

After eliminating those who had ovarian cancer before the study, they found the women with yearly blood tests had a 20 per cent lower risk of dying from ovarian cancer.

But there is still some controversy over whether the blood marker test is reliable for mass screening.  Ovarian Cancer Canada says in a large percentage of cases, the marker called CA 125, is not elevated, even when there are cancer cells.

You can read about the British research in the journal LANCET.

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