5 doctors weighed in:
Can they detect ovarian cancer through a blood test?
5 doctors weighed in

Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Backward
There is no screening test for ovca.
However, if you have ovarian cancer, a ca-125 level may or may not be elevated. If it is, it may be one thing monitired for response. Getting ca-125, an expensive blood test of unproven value before knowing you have the cancer is inded backward, costly, non-specific and can led to unnecessary worry.

In brief: Backward
There is no screening test for ovca.
However, if you have ovarian cancer, a ca-125 level may or may not be elevated. If it is, it may be one thing monitired for response. Getting ca-125, an expensive blood test of unproven value before knowing you have the cancer is inded backward, costly, non-specific and can led to unnecessary worry.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Thank
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Poorly
Some (not most) ovarian cancers make ca125 which can be assayed in the blood.
There are so many false-positives and false-negatives that most physicians believe that the test should not be used routinely to screen every woman.

In brief: Poorly
Some (not most) ovarian cancers make ca125 which can be assayed in the blood.
There are so many false-positives and false-negatives that most physicians believe that the test should not be used routinely to screen every woman.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Jane Van Dis
Board Certified, Obstetrics & Gynecology
14 years in practice
47M people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors