Women's Health

Is Screening for Ovarian Cancer Cost-Effective?

ROCA showed great benefit

The researchers note why offering women these insights and suggestions are of particular importance to them: "Excess surgical morbidity in patients with false positive diagnoses is a key concern, especially with increasing comorbidity in the older women. In our study, the rate of complications in women with benign or normal histology, most of whom underwent laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, was 4.5%."

In terms of exact percentages, results were found to show that the MMS had a sensitivity of 85.8% and a specificity of 99.8%. Utilizing fixed CA-125 cut-offs was only able to offer detection of between 41.3% and 66.5% of the cancers, while ROCA was able to detect 87.1% of the invasive epithelial ovarian or tubal cancers. This boost is incredibly sizable, and offers more confidence and protection to women who are at risk.