Women's Health

Is There Potential for Pap Smears in Ovarian Cancer Detection?

These results might not be overwhelmingly positive, but are helpful

These results might not be overwhelmingly positive, but are helpful

The research team narrowed their work down to 12 of the most frequently appearing mutations in each tumor form. They developed a test and put it into practice on 46 women who had either been given pap tests or who had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer or endometrial cancer while undergoing surgery. “When we looked to see if cells were shed from these ovarian cancers and endometrial cancers into the cervix, we found we could detect 100 percent of the endometrial cancers and 40 percent of ovarian cancers,” said Diaz. In addition, the test proved not to provide any false-positive results.