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Ovarian cancer remains elusive to early diagnosis and successful treatment

from Medical Xpress

A population-based study of all ovarian cancer cases diagnosed in Australia in 2005 found a crude five year survival rate of 35 percent. Women with more advanced cancer, who were older or had certain cancer subtypes had a poorer prognosis. Women with early stage cancer had the best prognosis but only 20 percent of ovarian cancers are diagnosed at an early stage. In the study published in the Medical Journal of Australia co-author UWA School of Women's and Infants' Health Professor Yee Leung and his colleagues "emphasized the need for primary and secondary prevention and better treatments for ovarian cancer to improve long-term outcomes.” more

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