By Life Quotes, Inc.
A new study may provide an updated method of screening women for ovarian cancer using an existing test, Reuters reports.
Researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center demonstrated that developing a test that both measures a certain protein level associated with increased ovarian cancer cells as well as determining risk of the disease may help detect ovarian cancer in its earliest stages. Researchers examined a group of women over age 50 and divided them into three risk groups. Using the new test, they were able to find early-stage cancer in 3,238 of the participants, increasing the chances of curing them.
“If detected early, ovarian cancer can be cured, but more than 70 percent of women have advanced disease by the time they are diagnosed,” researcher Karen Lu tells Reuters.
Ovarian cancer, which often goes undetected until it reaches late stages, is extremely deadly for women. According to the American Cancer Society, 21,550 women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2009, resulting in 14,600 deaths. Invasive cancers claim the lives of millions of Americans each year, highlighting the need for health and life insurance coverage to better protect oneself and one’s loved ones.