CA125 Blood Test Useful in Diagnosing Ovarian Cancer in Routine Setting

CA125 Blood Test Useful in Diagnosing Ovarian Cancer in Routine Setting
A blood test measuring levels of the protein cancer antigen 125 (CA125) can help detect ovarian cancer in a primary care setting with considerable accuracy, a study reported. The research also showed for a first time that this test can also help in identifying other cancer types, particularly in women ages 50 and older. The study, "The diagnostic performance of CA125 for the detection of ovarian and non-ovarian cancer in primary care: A population-based cohort study," was published in PLOS Medicine. A timely diagnosis is critical for effective cancer management. Across cancer types, treatment outcomes are usually better when tumors are diagnosed at early stages, before they have grown or spread in the body. "Earlier detection and diagnosis of cancer offers the single biggest opportunity to save lives from the disease," Jodie Moffat, PhD, Cancer Research UK's head of early diagnosis, said in a press release. Ovarian cancer is often not diagnosed until symptoms cause a patient to seek guidance from a healthcare provider. But the symptoms of ovarian cancer — such as abdominal pain, bloating, frequent
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