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Testing For Ovarian Cancer

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Ovarian cancer is a major form of cancer which impacts 18,000 women every year.

One of the most frustrating aspects of ovarian cancer is that there is not a simple test to detect it. In many cases ovarian cancer is quite advanced when it is diagnosed.

There is new information from Johns Hopkins about a test that can detect ovarian cancer with the pap smear. The test is not perfect. In a small sample it was about 40%, but the fact there is some promise is raising a great deal of excitement.