Tests Could Find Ovarian Cancer Early, British Study Reports

News — By on April 7, 2009 at 6:35 am

LONDON — Doctors screening women for ovarian cancer were able to pick up the disease about two years earlier than normal, according to a British study published Wednesday. Scientists have long searched for a way to identify ovarian cancer early, which kills nearly 100,000 women worldwide every year. If it is found early, nearly 90 percent of women survive. However, most women are currently only diagnosed with the disease after it has spread, when there is only a maximum 30 percent chance of survival. In the British study, doctors enrolled approximately 200,000 post-menopausal women aged 50 to 74 across the United Kingdom from 2001 to 2005. About 100,000 of those women received no screening tests. The remaining half were split i…

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