Islamabad, 10June: Ovarian cancer commonly known as the “silent killer“. It leads to approximately 15,000 deaths each year only in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.
Approximately 20,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, with the majority in patients diagnosed with late stage disease where the cancer has spread beyond the ovary.
The prognosis is poor in these patients, leading to the high mortality from this disease.
A diagnostic test is needed that can provide adequate predictive value to stratify patients with a pelvic mass into high risk of invasive.
Ovarian cancer versus those with low risk, as well as a screening test for the diagnosis of early-stage cancer, which is essential for improving overall survival in patients.
This cancer has up to a 90% cure rate following surgery and/or chemotherapy if detected in stage 1.
What is Ovarian Cancer?
Ovarian cancer is an abnormal cell growth (tumor) arising in the ovary.
The majority of ovarian cancers are epithelial and develop in women over 50. Screening is highly recommended in women with a family history of this cancer.
- feeling bloated
- a swollen or painful stomach
- quickly feeling full when eating
- needing to urinate more frequently
- Symptoms of ovarian cancer can be quite vague [so] whether it’s needing to go to the toilet more often, pain, bloating or something else, raise it with your GP,” she said.
- In most cases it won’t be cancer – but it’s best to get it checked out.
“Some women are diagnosed so late they are too sick to start treatment”. And two out of every three patients die within a decade of diagnosis.