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Ovarian Cancer – challenges and opportunities

Ovarian cancer remains a challenging disease to diagnose, because symptoms manifest late, often when there is spread to other organs. Women may therefore present with diverse symptoms such as breathlessness, bloating , urinary symptoms, heartburn and indigestion. Even though these are common symptoms, if persistent and unexplained, particularly in women over the age of 50, it is important they are not dismissed and that ovarian cancer is considered  1

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Risk of Ovarian Cancer (ROCA) – An Approach to the Better Use of Serial Cancer Marker Test Results

A study given considerable well-deserved publicity has been published recently in the Journal of Clinical Oncology: Menon U, et al. Risk algorithm using serial biomarker measurements doubles the number of screen-detected cancers compared with a single-threshold rule in the United Kingdom Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening. JCO; published online on May 11, 2015; DOI:10.1200/JCO.2014.59.4945.

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