Ovarian Cancer has long been a killer of women. Ovarian Cancer strikes 21,650 women per year killing 15,520 or nearly 72 percent. There is some hope that the numbers may be changing.
Roni Caryn Rabin reports in her article in The New York Times, “Screening Can Detect Early Ovarian Cancer,” doctors have found a screening test for postmenopausal women as a result of ongoing studies.
This screening may be as a result of a blood test or a transvaginal ultrasound scan.
The major problem with ovarian cancer is that it has no early symptoms. Usually by the time it is discovered it is too late because it has already left the pelvis and spread to other parts of the body.
Ovarian Cancer is cancer that starts in the ovaries. Ovaries are reproductive glands found only in women that produce eggs or “ova” for reproduction. Ovarian Cancer is a “catch-all” phrase for different types of cancer cells that begin and grow on the ovaries. Even the benign cells must usually be dealt with.
However, there is some disagreement as to the effectiveness of the screening. In fact, only time will tell if the screening saves enough lives to be valuable.
The screening for the ovarian cancer consists of either a blood test or the transvaginal ultrasound scan.
Women between the ages of 50 and 74 were recruited for the British study that ended up with over 200,000 women.
Roughly half of the women were not screened. Their percentages remained consistent with pre-study women.
Of the women screened, 58 yielded positive results of ovarian cancer, however, 48 percent of the cancers were caught before they had a chance to spread.
The problem with the screening methodology at this point, is that there have been false positives so some surgery has been unnecessary.
It is going to take much longer to be able to follow the women and assess whether or not the “cure” is as bad as the illness.
When my wife and I were trying to conceive it was found that she had scarring on her ovaries preventing conception. At that time the doctors told us that the ovaries had to be treated with the scar tissue removed so that there would be no chance of ovarian cancer.
We ultimately had a baby, actually three.
It seems that this is a screening method that will be perfected and will save lives.