Hi-- A single CA 125 test is inaccurate. But that study indicates you need to take the test a few times, over a certain period. The difference in the scores matters, not one single score. If you are really worried, bring the academic paper discussed in the article to your doctor. The test is petty cheap, you can pay for it out of pocket if you have to. Worth it for the peace of mind, maybe? Good luck!View Thread
Hi: An article in Bioscience Technology notes that, to detect cancer earlier, doctors may simply need to test for CA125 levels more regularly. It is the change in tests that may matter. See "Ovarian Cancer Screening Test Prompts Optimism for the First Time," which is a lay article on the topic, on the Bioscience Technology website.
Or just go straight to the journal that published the most recent academic paper: Cancer, "A 2-stage ovarian cancer screening strategy using the Risk of Ovarian Cancer Algorithm (ROCA) identifies early-stage incident cancers and demonstrates high positive predictive value." The CA125 test has been around for years, so is easily available. Good luck!View Thread
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