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    Is there a blood test for ovarian cancer?

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    There is no specific blood test for Ovarian Cancer.  CA-125 is primarily used to monitor therapy during treatment for ovarian cancer. CA-125 is also used to detect whether cancer has come back after treatment is complete. Series of CA-125 tests that show rising or falling concentrations are often more useful than a single result. This test is sometimes used to test and monitor high-risk women who have a family history of ovarian cancer but who do not yet have the disease.
    This test is not used to screen for ovarian cancer because it is non-specific. Levels in the blood can be elevated in other conditions such as normal menstruation, pregnancyendometriosis, and pelvic inflammatory disease.

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