Tampons may one day help detect ovarian cancer
Tampons may one day help detect early stages of ovarian cancer, according to a new study.
Researchers found evidence of tumor DNA in cells that were trapped in tampons placed in the vaginas of ovarian cancer patients.
"In about 60 percent of patients who had their [fallopian] tubes still intact, we were able to pick up tumor cells, or essentially tumor DNA, in the vaginal tract," said Dr. Charles Landen, one of the study researchers, to LiveScience.
The current form of the test had a detection rate that was too low to implement in screenings of the general population of women, while the sensitive DNA tests are too expensive for general use, the researchers said in their study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.
According to LiveScience, the researchers’ next step is to conduct the same experiment on a larger group of women with ovarian masses, while other researchers try to make the test more sensitive.