Bimanual pelvic examination is not an accurate screen for ovarian cancer

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A recent study examined the accuracy of the bimanual pelvic examination in identifying ovarian cancer.

The examination is performed during a routine pelvic examination and allows doctors to potentially detect abnormalities occurring in a woman’s cervix. However, it is not likely to benefit healthy women.

The researchers found that the bimanual examination only detected approximately half of cancers. In addition, when an abnormality was detected, cancer was detected in only approximately 2% of women.

Despite the findings of this study, bimanual pelvic examination is still an important part of a complete physical examination in women experiencing symptoms suspicious for cancer.

Bimanual pelvic examination is not an accurate screen for ovarian cancer
A recent study examined the accuracy of the bimanual pelvic examination in identifying ovarian cancer.
The most commonly performed ovarian cancer screening test—the bimanual exam—is unlikely to benefit healthy women, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Georgia.
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