Ovarian cancer screening saves few lives


December 13, 2010 3:17:06 PM PST
A new study says few lives can be saved by ovarian cancer screening.

The study in the journal Cancer finds that the available ovarian cancer screening only slightly reduces the number of deaths from disease.

Researchers say until more sensitive screening tests can be developed, other strategies such as better prevention and treatment are needed to significantly reduce deaths.

Scientists say slow growing cancers are more likely to be caught, and that would only reduce the number of women dying from ovarian cancer by 11 percent.