Screening for Ovarian Cancer: Recommendation Statement

Ned Calonge, MD, MPH


Ann Fam Med. 2004;2(3) 

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This statement summarizes the current U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation on screening for ovarian cancer and the supporting evidence, and updates the 1996 recommendations contained in the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, Second Edition: Periodic Updates.[1] In 1996, the USPSTF recommended against routine screening for ovarian cancer (a "D" recommendation).Explanations of the ratings and of the strength of overall evidence are given in Appendix A and in Appendix B, respectively. The complete information on which this statement is based, including evidence tables and references, is available in the brief evidence update "Screening for Ovarian Cancer, "[2] available through the USPSTF Web site at and through the National Guideline ClearinghouseTM ( recommendation statement and brief evidence updates are also available from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality(AHRQ) Publications Clearinghouse in print through subscription to the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, Third Edition:Periodic Updates.


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