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Please give information on the symptoms and early warning signs of ovarian cancer.
The blood test CA-125 is used to try to help determine if the cancer is present, however there are many false positive results and many false negative results. It appears that in order to have the CA-125 test be positive, there has to be sufficient tumor mass present and this amount is generally greater than we would like to have for early detection. Even the use of CT scan, ultrasound, or pelvic exam is usually not sufficient to detect the presence of early ovarian cancer.
Better methods to detect ovarian cancer in its earliest stages will come with further medical research.
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