An article on CNN, " Possible Marker for Ovarian Cancer Found ," discusses a recent research study offering hope for more effective and new screening and treatment options for ovarian cancer.
Ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer and the fifth leading cause of cancer death in women in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Currently, screening for ovarian cancer is difficult. A blood test, called CA 125, can be used but is more accurate in post-menopausal women and is more often used to determine to progression of cancer and tumor growth rather than for detecting if ovarian cancer is present. Another test, currently in clinical trials but not yet available to the public, shows promise in screening for ovarian cancer by testing for the amount of lysophospatidic acid in blood plasma. Additional clinical trials are needed to determine if this will be an accurate screening for early detection. Without accurate screening t...
NYT: Early Symptoms for Ovarian Cancer Women who have these symptoms for a few weeks--bloating, pelvic pain, difficulty eating, and frequent, urgent need to urinate--should see their doctors and be checked for ovarian cancer. This is the first official recognition that ovarian cancer does cause symptoms at early stages. Ovarian cancer is among the most deadliest cancer, with over 22,430 new cases diagnosed and more than 15,000 deaths expected this year.
Going through menopause increases the risk of develoing certain diseases. One of those is ovarian cancer, which can be very hard to detect until it's too late.
But there's good news! Researchers out of the M.D. Anderson Center in Houston have found that a simple blood test when combined with an ultrasound exam may allow doctors to identify ovarian cancer while it is still in a treatable stage. Currently there is no reliable screening test that detects ovarian cancer. Previous screenings have not proven accurate enough to use on a regular basis since they often produce a large number of false positive results. These false positive results cause doctors to perform invasive surgeries in order to rule out cancer. This cancer is really rare. Approximately one in 2,500 American women who have gone through the menopausal transition will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. However, this type of cancer is the fourth-leading cancer killer among U.S. women. The American Cancer Society predi...
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