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need info on blood test for ovarian cancer

By Anonymous September 9, 2013 - 9:32am
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Hi Anon

Thanks for your question.

According to the American Cancer Society:

The 2 tests used most often to screen for ovarian cancer are transvaginal ultrasound (TVUS) and the CA-125 blood test.

TVUS is a test that that uses sound waves to look at the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries by putting an ultrasound wand into the vagina. It can help find a mass (tumor) in the ovary, but it can't actually tell if a mass is cancer or benign. When it is used for screening, most of the masses found are not cancer.

CA-125 is a protein in the blood. In many women with ovarian cancer, levels of CA-125 are high. This test can be useful as a tumor marker to help guide treatment in women known to have ovarian cancer, because a high level often goes down if treatment is working.

You can read about these tests in depth here: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/ovariancancer/detailedguide/ovarian-cancer-detection

Are you currently undergoing testing?



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