Using Ultrasounds And Blood Tests May Reduce Ovarian Cancer Deaths

March 11, 2009

UK (ChattahBox) – A study done in Britain has shown that an ultrasound, paired with blood tests, may finally give doctors the information they need to screen women for ovarian cancer.

It is the first time that such early prevention of ovarian cancer has been possible, as before doctors were unable to see signs in the earliest stages, and it was often too late by the time the deadly disease was discovered.

The tests were used on 200,000 women, and 90% of the time the disease was caught before it entered out of it’s first stage, or just after it entered into stage II, an incredible breakthrough.

“The initial findings of this long-term study are encouraging, particularly because almost half of the ovarian cancers detected were at an early stage, when survival rates can be as high as 90 percent,” Britain’s Ovarian Cancer Action researcher Peter Reynolds said.

While there is no way to tell if these findings will reduce the rates of fatalities that are attributed to ovarian cancer, it does seem likely that the number of deaths will decrease with early intervention.

“While preliminary, these encouraging data demonstrate that we may be able to use current affordable technologies to detect ovarian cancer at a curable stage,” American Society of Clinical Oncology doctor Beth Karlan commented on the study.

“Further follow-up should help us determine if these approaches can be cost-effective and truly reduce deaths from ovarian cancer.”


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