Getting Out from Under Ovarian Cancer

Ellen Engle sees a pattern on the support group she runs on Facebook: Women “told they’re going through menopause or have irritable bowel syndrome”—when in fact they have ovarian cancer.

Late diagnoses and lagging treatment advancements have meant high mortality rates for the relatively rare cancer. 22,240 US women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2018; 14,070 women died the same year.

New treatments beyond chemo have faltered for decades. But that tide could be changing.

Researchers are developing new blood tests to achieve earlier diagnoses, and exploring how genetic sequencing may predict the disease.

The Washington Post

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