Ovarian Cancer Screening Tests?

Did any of you hear that the FDA recently issued a warning against the use of products marketed as ovarian cancer screening tests? A lot of people think that pap smears detect ovarian cancer (which they DON’T), but even tests like the CA-125 test, which measures proteins that are a marker for ovarian cancer, are not reliable for screening purposes (more on CA-125 here: sharecancersupport.org/new-... They often give false positive or false negatives that can cause women to undergo unnecessary and difficult treatment, or delay life-saving treatment.

The associate director of Associate Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr. Nimesh P. Nagarsheth, recently put out an article, too, saying that “these tests are no substitute for guidance based on a patient’s history, physical examination, clinical data collected, and judgment of her physician, or for a consultation with a gynecologic oncologist.” His whole argument is here: huffingtonpost.com/mount-si...

Have you undergone any of the ovarian cancer screening tests? Did you find them helpful? I’m curious… also wanted to remind people that pap smears don’t detect OC!

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  • I thought something was wron and all tests came back negative My CA-125 was 57 before surgery

    I had pitting edema in my lower extremities, fevers, extreme fatigue , I couldn't bend over comfortably...I felt pregnant and alway's had to sit down instead of prolonged sitting...needed panty liner pre surgery urinary frequency ...my abdomen was distended

    My tumor was 15 cm

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