Ovarian cancer can now be detected through blood tests
Various facilities to detect deadly diseases continues to be developed by researchers. One is for ovarian cancer using a combination of a simple blood test and ultrasound.
As reported by The Examiner, ovarian cancer can be regarded as a silent killer of women worldwide. Because the symptoms of ovarian cancer are very vague and when it is known, usually the cancer had spread and is difficult to cure.
Not only that, unlike breast, prostate, and colon cancer, ovarian cancer do not have a routine test that needs to be undertaken to detect positive symptoms. Most ovarian cancer test could also be undertaken by doctors and often has error detection.
But the research is considered as a point of hope for women who have ovarian cancer risk.
“How to detect ovarian cancer is done by taking a blood sample and examine a protein called CA-125 cancer cells generated. Later ultrasonic test helps doctors to monitor the patient’s ovaries,” says researcher Dr Karen Lu of the MD Anderson Cancer Center.
However, such tests can not be performed in a hospital. Because researchers are conducting clinical trials to ensure that the test is really potent to detect ovarian cancer in women.
The results were then reported in the Cancer journal.