Predictive value of symptoms for early detection of ovarian cancer.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Volume 102, Issue 4, p.222-9 (2010)


2010, Abdominal Pain, Adult, Age Factors, Aged, CARCINOMA, Case-Control Studies, Center-Authored Paper, Confounding Factors (Epidemiology), Diagnosis, Differential, Early Detection of Cancer, Female, Humans, Incidence, Middle Aged, Neoplasm Staging, Odds Ratio, Ovarian Neoplasms, Predictive Value of Tests, Prognosis, Public Health Sciences Division, Retrospective Studies, Sensitivity and Specificity, Time Factors, Washington


A recent consensus statement encouraged use of certain symptoms to diagnose ovarian cancer earlier. We assessed the sensitivity, specificity, and positive predictive value of a proposed symptom index and of symptoms included in the consensus recommendation.