The journal Endocrine-Related Cancer today publishes work showing that scientists from the Clinical Proteomics Program of the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) have discovered a test that was 100% effective for detecting early ovarian cancer in their study.
The study describes the use of a high-resolution mass spectrometer to measure patterns of protein markers in a small sample of blood. The mass spectrometer measured slight differences in the weights between normal and cancerous proteins, enabling the researchers to identify the cells that would lead to cancer. The results of the trial revealed 100 percent sensitivity and 100 percent specificity for the detection of ovarian cancer, including the correct classification of all stage I ovarian cancer cases (where the cancer is still confined to the ovaries).
There are about 6,800 new cases of ovarian cancer each year in the UK, making it the fourth most common cancer among British women*.
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