Ovarian-cancer screening shows promise in study

May 21, 2010

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Researchers may finally be closing in on a way to screen healthy women for ovarian cancer - a disease that rarely shows symptoms until it's too late to cure.

A simple blood test followed by ultrasound exams as needed found deadly tumors before they caused symptoms, and without giving too many false alarms, doctors reported Thursday.

The study, involving more than 3,000 American women, is not big enough to justify screening with this method now. But doctors are encouraged because it confirms early results from a larger study under way in England that will give a clear answer in a few years... read more