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Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the ovaries. It most often occurs in women over 50. Ovarian cancer may cause no symptoms at all, or cause symptoms, such as bloating, abdominal pain, and trouble eating, that can be mistaken for other conditions. Although it’s difficult to catch ovarian cancer early—about 20% of ovarian cancers are detected before they spread outside the ovary—there are treatments that can help.

Ovarian Cancer News

  • For Breast Cancer Patients With BRCA1 Gene, Removing Ovaries Might Lower Death Risk

    Actress and activist Angelina Jolie made news last month when she announced she had her ovaries removed — after undergoing a preventive double mastectomy in 2013 — because she is a carrier of BRCA, a genetic mutation that greatly increases the risk of breast and ovarian cancers.

  • Genes Linked to Breast, Ovarian Cancers Act Differently in Each Woman: Study

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women who carry mutations in certain genes face a much higher risk of breast and ovarian cancers, but the impact varies depending on the type and location of the mutation, new research finds. Film star Angelina Jolie, who carries a BRCA1 mutation, weighed that risk last [...]

  • Report Shows Progress in America’s War on Cancer

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — America is making slow but steady progress against cancer, with a continuing decline in cancer deaths, according to a new report. The overall cancer death rate fell an average 1.5 percent per year between 2002 and 2011, representing improved survival for men, women and children, the [...]

  • Progress in Battling Advanced Ovarian Cancer

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, March 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — An experimental vaccine and a drug already on the market each may help slow down advanced ovarian cancer, two new studies suggest. In one, of just 31 patients, researchers found that adding the vaccine to standard treatment staved off a recurrence in women who had advanced-stage [...]

  • Progress Reported in Battling Advanced Ovarian Cancer

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, March 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — An experimental vaccine and a drug already on the market each may help slow down advanced ovarian cancer, two new studies suggest. In one, of just 31 patients, researchers found that adding the vaccine to standard treatment staved off a recurrence in women who had advanced-stage [...]

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