04 Jun '11, 11pm

Ovarian cancer screening does not cut death risk: study

WASHINGTON - WOMEN who are screened regularly for ovarian cancer, which is often diagnosed too late to be treated, show no lower risk of dying from it, a large US study showed on Saturday. The randomised clinical trial of close to 80,000 women age 55 to 74 also found that some women underwent unnecessary surgery after false positives came up in either their ultrasound or blood scans. Annual screening for ovarian cancer does not cut death rates in women at average risk 'but does increase invasive medical procedures and associated harms,' said the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Similar rates of cancer and deaths were seen across the both groups - 212 ovarian cancer cases and 118 deaths from it in the intervention group over 13 years of follow up. The unscreened group saw 176 cases of ovarian cancer and 118 deaths caused by it. The difference in sur...

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