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Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm by Jon Nielsen, MD
Ovarian cancer is generally the most feared of all female cancers. This fear is justified by the fact that there are more deaths from ovarian cancer than from any other type of female reproductive cancer, and it is the fifth most common cancer among women. More than half of the cases are diagnosed in a late stage and are unlikely to be curable. While these facts may seem daunting, the beliefs that ovarian cancer is always deadly or undetectable are, in fact, false. Ovarian cancer is actually less common than people think, as evidenced by the fact that there are 10 times as many breast cancers diagnosed in the US each year as there are ovarian cancers. Another point of optimism is that the early stage cancers are indeed curable with surgery and sometimes added chemotherapy. Doctors are learning more every day about early symptoms and treatments.
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