Ovarian Cancer Testing
The CA-125 is a blood test that is often, but not always, elevated with ovarian cancer. If a postmenopausal woman has a mass and an elevated CA-125, she has an extremely high risk of having a cancer. However, in younger women, CA-125 is extraordinarily inaccurate. It is elevated by a large number of disease processes, including but not limited to, diverticulitis, pregnancy, irritable bowel syndrome, appendicitis, liver disease, stomach disease, and more. Individuals should not get this test done unless they actually have a mass, or their doctor has some reason to get it. It should not be drawn just to see the level, since it is not a reliable screening test for ovarian cancer.