The results of the UK Familial Ovarian Cancer Screening Study (UK FOCSS), have been published overnight in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The study results suggest that screening high-risk women every four months may reduce the likelihood of being diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer.
Over the three-year period of screening, and in the year of their last screen, 19 women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer through their participation in the study, although none had any symptoms of the disease. A further 18 women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the five-year period that followed – of which 17 had advanced stage cancer.
However, encouragingly, the study indicated that four-monthly screening with the Risk of Ovarian Cancer Algorithm (ROCA) may be an alternative option for these women until they decide to undergo risk-reducing surgery – which is their only current option at present.
Here Miss Olaitan speaks to the BBC Breakfast news team to discuss the findings of the study
click link for full video interview http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08gbv4g