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Symptom List Helps ID Ovarian Cancer

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ovarian cancerOvarian cancer is often considered a "silent killer" with no readily identifiable symptoms, but new research challenges this view in the hopes of finding more of the deadly malignancies early.

Because there is no effective screening test to identify early-stage ovarian cancer, roughly three out of four patients are diagnosed with late-stage disease, when the chance for a cure is greatly diminished.

Many patients are misdiagnosed before their cancer is found, with vague symptoms such as pelvic pain and abdominal bloating attributed to other causes.

In their latest study, researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine identified the six symptoms most closely associated with ovarian cancer by comparing the clinical histories of women with the disease to those of high-risk women without cancer.

Drug breakthrough for ovarian cancer

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ovarian cancerDoctors have made a significant breakthrough in the treatment of ovarian cancer by discovering a way to reverse the resistance to drugs that denies thousands of women patients each year a chance of survival.

The disease is the fourth most common cancer in women in the UK - after breast, bowel and lung - but is also one of the hardest to treat. There are around 6,900 new cases each year, but 70 per cent of patients cannot be cured because they develop resistance to the chemotherapy which targets the malignant cells.

Ovarian cancer hope

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phenoxodiolWomen with ovarian cancer are being recruited for a world wide drug trial, to boost their chances of survival when chemotherapy has failed.

Nearly 15-hundred Australians this year will be diagnosed with the disease, described as the 'silent killer'.

Phenoxodiol has proved in clinical trials that it is capable of slowing cancer growth by interfering with the mechanisms that allow ovarian cancer cells to stay alive.

Ovarian cancer rates lower in sunny latitudes

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ovarian cancerNEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women in the sunnier regions of the world have a much lower risk of ovarian cancer than those who dwell in colder climates, a new study has found.

The findings, say researchers, suggest that sun exposure -- and, more precisely, vitamin D production in the body -- help prevent this cancer.

The study, which appears in the December issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, is the latest to tie latitude to cancer risk. Others have found that rates of breast cancer and colon cancer, for example, are higher among people living in higher latitudes, where annual sun exposure is limited.

Ovarian cancer symptoms can be vague

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ovarian cancer"Ovarian cancer is insidious. It has no real symptoms," says Dr. Henry Sprance, a gynecologic oncologist at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.

Nor is there a reliable test for ovarian cancer, he says.

"CA-125 (a blood test) is not a screening test for ovarian cancer. There's a lot of bad information on the Internet about that," he says. "We're looking at other proteins in blood serum levels that may give us information, but that's all experimental now."

Symptoms that point to the cancer are vague, he says.

Benefits of youth in ovarian cancer

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ovarian cancerYounger women with ovarian cancer have better survival rates than older patients, even if they have surgery to conserve their fertility, scientists say.

A new study shows that 59% of women diagnosed between the ages of 30 and 60 were still alive five years later, compared with only 35% of older women with the illness.

Although the improved survival of young women could be due in part to an earlier diagnosis and a lower grade of tumor, the researchers believe there may be other underlying factors. The study was published online ahead of print in the British Journal of Cancer.

source - Times Wire reports 

Women in Sunnier Countries Have Lower Ovarian Cancer Rates

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sunny beach The risk of developing ovarian cancer is 60 percent lower among women living in areas of the world with high ultraviolet B radiation exposure than those who live in areas with less UVB, concludes a study encompassing 175 countries.

“The main reason for this advantage is that women living in sunny areas have higher circulating (vitamin D2) levels that protect them from ovarian cancer,” said lead researcher Dr. Cedric Garland, a professor of family and preventive medicine at the University of California in San Diego.

Exposure to UVB from sunlight allows skin to photosynthesize vitamin D, which enters the bloodstream and circulates throughout the body. 

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