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Early detection of cancers
Not recommended as a preventive activity
Screening in asymptomatic, low-risk women is not recommended. Screening methods for ovarian cancer employ blood tests for cancer antigen (CA) 125, or transabdominal or transvaginal ultrasound.
There are three large randomised trials on ovarian cancer screening:
The UK trial found a small reduction in ovarian deaths from CA125, and transvaginal ultrasound for routine population-based screening for ovarian cancer.
However, the results are regarded as preliminary, requiring confirmation and longer follow-up100 and, in the meantime, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends against ovarian cancer screening.101
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Appendix 13A - The 3 Incontinence Questions 3IQ (PDF 0.04 MB)
Appendix 2A - Family history screening questionnaire (PDF 0.03 MB)
Appendix 2B -Dutch Lipid Clinic Network Criteria for making a diagnosis of familial hypercholestrolaemia in adults (PDF 0.04 MB)
Appendix 3A - 'Red-flag' early intervention referral guide (PDF 0.37 MB)
Appendix 8A - Australian cardiovascular disease risk charts (PDF 0.47 MB)
Lifecycle charts (PDF 0.08 MB)
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