Researching the Secrets of Cancer Killer Number Five: Gaining Against Ovarian Cancer

2011-08-18 | |
Last updated: 2011-08-18

One of the traits of cancers that make them dangerous is their stealth. By their very nature, all cancers operate somewhat covertly because they are able to hide from the immune system. However, many cancers will eventually show symptoms that provide some warning to us that something is wrong. Unfortunately, not all cancers expose themselves with clear symptoms that can be readily interpreted. Ovarian Cancer is one form of malignancy whose symptoms are often unclear.

Because of the lack of well-defined symptoms associated with the disease, Ovarian Cancer is often diagnosed in the late stages making treatment more difficult and less successful. Among women diagnosed with advanced Ovarian Cancer, the 5-year survival rate is only 20%. In contrast, when it is spotted early, Ovarian Cancer has a 90% treatment success rate. Although researchers trying to understand the disease have made gains in the early detection of Ovarian Cancer, the lack of clear symptoms still means that many women will not even seek diagnosis in the early stages of the disease.

As a result, advancing the treatment of Ovarian Cancer is still very important in saving lives. This requires a better understanding of the disease and gains in treatment effectiveness. Fortunately medical science has made great gains in the understanding and treatment of Ovarian Cancer during the past year.

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Category: Medical Research, Medical Treatment

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