Soon, you might be adding another yearly screening to your checkup. Researchers have discovered that a simple blood test can indicate whether a woman as ovarian tumors which lead to ovarian cancer. The test screens for levels of a protein, CA-125. Women whose levels are above and below 35 are then given ultrasounds checking for ovarian tumors and ovarian cancer. This test is so important because often, ovarian cancer is not discovered until it has progressed significantly. This is a light of hope as the number of ovarian cancers deaths have stayed around the same levels for the past 30 years.
I have seen the effects the invasive disease has had on a strong woman, her family, and her friends and am happy to see strides being made in ovarian cancer research which could save the lives of so many. Until this blood test becomes routine, however, you should know how to protect yourself. Abdominal pain and a change in bowel and bladder habits lasting for two weeks should cause you to call your doctor for an appointment.
To learn more about the fight against ovarian cancer visit: The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.