Women's health

Ovarian cancer. Old problems, new developments

Women's health

Ovarian cancer. Old problems, new developments

LEON FOSTER, ALISON BRAND

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Abstract

With no available screening test and difficulties in diagnosing early-stage disease, ovarian cancer remains the sixth highest cause of cancer death in Australian women. Progress in treatment has been slow but incremental, and new treatments are leading the way.

Article Extract

Ovarian cancer remains the 10th most common cancer diagnosed in women in Australia, but it is the sixth highest cause of death. One in 84 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer by the age of 85 years, and GPs may see only one or two cases in their entire careers.1