Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and is often called the “silent killer” because the symptoms can be vague and difficult to diagnose at an early stage, when the survival rate is high.1 The sooner ovarian cancer can be detected, the earlier it can be diagnosed and treated, increasing the chance for survival.
The ROCA Test
The ROCA Test is a blood test that determines the risk of a woman having ovarian cancer. The test is intended for women with a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene that confers a high risk of developing ovarian cancer. Women with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation are generally recommended to consider surgical removal of their ovaries and fallopian tubes. However, this results in early menopause and affects fertility. Hence many women choose to delay this procedure.
The ROCA Test reports a numerical score which represents a woman’s risk of having ovarian cancer. With this initial score, a doctor will be able to determine if further tests such as a transvaginal ultrasound scan are needed.
Understand the risks, limitations and contraindications of the ROCA Test.
Frequently Asked Questions
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