OVARIAN CANCER

If ovarian cancer is diagnosed at the earliest stage, when it is still confined to one ovary, then up to 9 out of 10 women will still be alive 5 years or longer. However, only one-third of ovarian cancers are diagnosed in the early stages.

Unfortunately, many ovarian cancers are diagnosed at the late stage. This means that many women will not be treated until it is too late, and their treatment options may be more limited.

Unfortunately, less than 20% of these women will still be alive 5 years or longer after a late diagnosis.

Traditional Screening Tests for Ovarian Cancer

Traditional Screening for Ovarian Cancer was based on measuring CA125 levels in the blood. Although levels are often raised in early ovarian and some other cancers, they are also raised in many other benign conditions and thus the false positive rate is too high to be an effective screening test. The accuracy is improved by performing a transvaginal ultrasound scan to look at the ovaries and then combining this information with the CA125 levels.

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