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  1. Ovarian Cancer: Signs Can Be Vague

    Nov. 23, 2004 -- Abdominal cramping and urinary incontinence: These are early signs of ovarian cancer and even if isolated or chronic these "abdominal" problems warrant a pelvic exam to check for ovarian cancer, new research shows. It's a message to primary care doctors, gastroenterologists, and oth

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  2. Chemotherapy May Improve Ovarian Cancer Odds

    Sept. 27, 2004 -- Adding a course of chemotherapy after surgery may improve survival and reduce the risks of recurrence for women with ovarian cancer that's caught in the early stages, a new study shows. Researchers say there has been controversy regarding whether women with early stage ovarian canc

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  3. Ovarian Cancer Blood Test in Development

    Aug. 15, 2004 -- A blood test is in the works to detect ovarian cancer at its earliest stages. The test, developed by researchers at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, focuses on three proteins that are found in the blood of women with the disease. "Early detection remains the most promising approa

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  4. Giving Birth After Age 35 Cuts Cancer Risk

    July 16, 2004 -- Women who have their last child after age 35 cut their risk of ovarian cancer in half, a new study shows. Each additional birth before the last cuts a woman's cancer risk by about 10%. But this risk reduction is miniscule compared with that offered by having the last (or first) birt

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  5. Ovarian Cancer: Take Symptoms Seriously

    June 8, 2004 -- New research sheds light on symptoms of ovarian cancer, often referred to as a "silent killer." A cluster of symptoms -- increased bloating and abdominal size, pressure to urinate, constipation, and abdominal pain -- should not be overlooked, say study authors. "Women need to be awar

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  6. Cox-2 May Promote Ovarian Cancer

    March 29, 2004 -- One of the same chemicals involved in the inflammation and pains associated with arthritis may also play a role in the development of ovarian cancer, according to a new study. Researchers say the finding may help explain why a popular class of pain relievers and arthritis drugs kno

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  7. Folate May Protect Against Ovarian Cancer

    March 2, 2004 -- Bulking up on folate-rich foods may help women lower their risk of ovarian cancer, especially if they drink alcohol regularly. Swedish researchers found that women who drank about two drinks per week had a 74% lower risk of ovarian cancer if they also ate a folate-rich diet compared

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  8. Test IDs Bad Uterine, Ovarian Cancers

    Sept. 11, 2003 -- Even low-risk uterine tumors can kill. Now it may be possible to predict which uterine and ovarian cancers are killers. The possible breakthrough comes from Peter Altevogt, PhD, of the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, and colleagues. In the Sept. 13 issue of The Lancet,

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  9. Height, Weight Tied to Ovarian Cancer Risk

    Aug. 19, 2003 -- Tall women or those who were overweight or obese in their youth may be more likely to develop ovarian cancer later in life, new research shows. Researchers suggest ovarian cancer risk may be linked to both height and obesity among women at various stages of their lives. The study sh

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  10. Preventive Surgery Fights Ovarian Cancer

    July 16, 2003 -- For women at high risk of ovarian cancer, preventive surgery to remove the ovaries may substantially reduce the risk of developing ovarian cancer and a similar disease called peritoneal carcinoma. A new study shows preventive gynecological surgery can reduce the risk of these cancer

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