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Ovarian Cancer Screenings May Lead to False Positives

Until an effective screening method for ovarian cancer exists, doctors continue to recommend against screening.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says there's not enough evidence to suggest most healthy women should be screened.

The group of independent experts says the potential harms of false positives outweigh any benefits.

Dr. Andrea Arguello, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Medical City Las Colinas, agrees.

"Many women who do not actually have cancer would have abnormal testing and would potentially get unnecessary treatments and surgeries that could cause more harm than good," Arguello said.

The recommendation does not apply to women who have symptoms of cancer or those known to have BRCA mutations.

Women are advised to continue to look for symptoms, although they are often detected once the disease has progressed into late stages.

"The challenge with ovarian cancer is that women don't have any symptoms of the disease early on," Arguello said.

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