Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer – A study started in the year 2001 in the UK suggests that blood tests provide for early detection of ovarian cancer. The findings of the study have started to emerge out this year.
The 14-year trial study took specimens from around 46,000 women in UK. The analysis reveals that ovarian tumors can be detected early if regular blood tests are done.
Ovarian cancer is as deadly as other cancers and its early detection many-a-times may help in cure and recovery. Ovarian cancer escapes diagnoses in many cases as its symptoms are common for other pathological conditions and include difficulty in eating, persistent bloating and abdominal pain.
The last blood tests of the study were obtained in the year 2011. Now the results of the study are getting unveiled.
Annual blood tests were performed on the post menopausal woman by the UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening. The women were selected randomly from 13 NHS centers.
High amounts of a chemical named CA125 is released by the ovarian tumors. The screening team tracked changes in the level of CA125. Women with elevated levels of the chemical were sent for ultrasound scans and other tests. The study team was able to detect 86% of cancers this way.
The results of the study were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Prof Usha Menon, a team member said that the team hopes that they have found a way for early detection of ovarian cancers and the process may save lives. She says that the team is waiting for full results to come out so that NHS can decide the matter.
The mortality data of the study is likely to come out in autumn this year.
Previous similar studies in the past have had suggested that early screening for cancers can be beneficial. The latest study in the UK is the largest of these kinds of studies and may provide a specific and definitive verdict.