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Early detection of ovarian cancer might be possible

Ovarian cancer has no symptoms in its early stages and can progress rapidly, so most cases are advanced by the time they are found

Denise Grady 

A new version of a screening test for ovarian cancer might reduce deaths from the disease, but it needs more study to determine whether the benefits hold up, researchers say. The findings come from a 14-year study of more than 200,000 women in Britain, published in The Lancet. "We need to follow up to confirm that this is absolutely significant throughout," said Usha Menon, an author of the Lancet article and head of the gynaecological cancer centre at University College London. She said, "This is almost there, but not yet." Her reason for caution was that the study ...

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First Published: Sat, December 19 2015. 21:14 IST