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Letter: Resist ovarian cancer screenings

This is the chip being tested for use

This is the chip being tested for use in cancer clinics. It is reputed to be the most sensitive means for finding cancer cells in the blood. Credit:

Regarding "New warning on ovarian cancer screening" [News, Sept. 11], it is hard to accept that information from relatively noninvasive testing, such as an ultrasound and a blood test, may cause more harm than good when used to screen for ovarian cancer.

However, the incidence of false-positive test results is high, and women are harmed by having their ovaries removed unnecessarily.

The physicians quoted in your article should be applauded. Gynecologic oncologists resist pressure to conduct the screenings. They appropriately rely on the scientific evidence when treating their patients. As a family physician, I have yet to meet one gynecologic oncologist whose judgment is clouded by the prospect of more patients to treat.

We all should advocate for more effective methods to screen for this devastating illness.

Dr. Anthony Pesce, St. James