Symptoms, Blood Test Accurately Detect Ovarian Cancer
The combination of blood test and a number of symptoms increase ovarian cancer detection accuracy by 20%.
Researchers suggest that a blood test measuring CA 125 protein level in blood is an important tool for identifying ovarian cancer. However, the test alone is not good enough, because there can be women with ligh levels of CA 125, but with no ovarian cancer.
The other test tool is the guideline of symptoms published by Dr. Barbara Goff from University of Washington School of Medicine in 2006. The publication include the symptoms coming from ovarian cancer: 'pelvic or abdominal pain, bloating, increased abdominal size, difficulty eating, or feeling full quickly'. If the symptoms occur more than 12 times a month, an additional test is recommended to detect ovarian cancer.
This new research suggests, that the combination of the mentioned tools and ovarian cancer symptoms guideline