Well, just great.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force panel has just revealed that they've found that ovarian cancer screening is NOT effective!
This means that women with an average risk of ovarian cancer should not undergo routine screening for the disease — because it could do more harm than good!
Here's what they said specifically:
"The USPSTF found adequate evidence that annual screening with transvaginal ultrasonography and testing for the serum tumor marker cancer antigen (CA)-125 in women does not reduce the number of deaths from ovarian cancer. There is adequate evidence that screening for ovarian cancer can lead to important harms, including major surgical interventions in women who do not have cancer. The USPSTF concludes that there is at least moderate certainty that the harms of screening for ovarian cancer outweigh the benefits."
What a huge bummer — there has got to be a way to effectively find ovarian cancer before it's too late!
False positives are running rampant, which lead to waaaaay to many complications from unnecessary surgery!
This recommendation does NOT extend to women with known risk factors for ovarian cancer, such as BRCA mutations, Lynch syndrome, or a family history of ovarian cancer. You should still be screened.
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