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Ovarian cancer awareness: A declining disease rate, and looking ahead to new drugs

from Forbes

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. You might not notice. Ovarian cancer shares the back-to-school educational National Health Observances slot with childhood cancers and prostate cancer, along with other medical conditions, including sickle cell anemia. So it might be worth noting what’s up and down (hint: a trend) with this insidious cancer form. According to the NCI, ovarian cancer affects almost 22,000 U.S. women, and more than 14,000 die from this tumor type each year. Despite progress against this disease, the overall five-year survival rate remains low, just under 45 percent. It’s the fifth-leading malignant cause of death among U.S. women. more

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