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Research trials are being carried out to see whether ovarian cancers can be detected early so that they can be treated more effectively. This is known as screening. Currently there is no national screening programme for ovarian cancer in the UK because it’s still not known how helpful screening tests are.
Early results from one trial looking at screening postmenopausal women shows promising results. In this trial, women were screened with either a blood test for a protein called CA125 or a vaginal ultrasound|. So far the results have shown that both screening tests helped to detect ovarian cancer at an early stage; however the CA125 test was slightly more accurate. As this trial is ongoing, it may still be some time before we know whether these tests are accurate enough to be used in a national screening programme.
Women who may have an increased risk of ovarian cancer| should speak to their GP about screening tests.
Content last reviewed: 1 February 2011
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