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Ovarian cancer blood test screening

A study led by University College London says that women at risk of ovarian cancer should have a blood test every four months.

Ovarian cancer blood test screening

A total of 4,348 women with more than a 10% risk were tested in the study.

Having checked up on the women every four months with a blood test for protein CA 125, nine out of 10 cases of cancer were caught before they spread. 

Although researchers do admit that surgery is the safest option to prevent the disease spreading.

Dr Adam Rosenthal, one of the authors of the paper, said: “The screening appears to be very effective at detecting ovarian cancer before it causes symptoms. The proportion of women who had all their tumours removed was very high, which is important in terms of... better outcomes.”

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