The effectiveness of ovarian cancer screening. A decision analysis model.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: To estimate the effectiveness of ovarian cancer screening with CA 125 and transvaginal sonography. DESIGN: Decision analysis was used to examine the no-screen compared with the screen strategy. SETTING: Estimates of cancer incidence, survival, and life expectancy were derived from population-based data and clinical series. SUBJECTS: A cohort of 40-year-old women of all races and residing in the United States. INTERVENTIONS: A one-time screening intervention. The criterion standard for diagnosis of ovarian cancer was evaluation with exploratory laparotomy. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Average years of life expectancy gained by women in the screened group. RESULTS: Screening for ovarian cancer with a combination of CA 125 and transvaginal sonography increases the average life expectancy in the population by less than 1 day. CONCLUSIONS: Given the limited effect on overall life expectancy, it is unlikely that mass screening for ovarian cancer with CA 125 and transvaginal sonography would be an effective health policy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Schapira, MM; Matchar, DB; Young, MJ

Published Date

  • June 1, 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 118 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 838 - 843

PubMed ID

  • 8480957

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-4819

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.7326/0003-4819-118-11-199306010-00002


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States