Posts Tagged "ovarian cancer"

Ovarian Cancer Screening Doesn't Save Lives

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 in Cancer, Health Optimization

Women screened annually for ovarian cancer were just as likely to die from the disease as women who didn’t have regular screening, concludes a large new study that found screening did not catch the cancers earlier as it is intended to do. Calling into question the effectiveness of current ovarian cancer screening techniques, the researchers also found that more of the women screened annually had surgery to remove their ovaries and suffered complications related to false-positive test results — meaning a screening test suggested they had ovarian cancer when they really...

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Avenue Opens for New Ovarian Cancer Drugs

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 in Cancer

by Stephen Adams At present the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel, also known by its brand names Paxol and Abraxane, is often prescribed to shrink ovarian tumours by stopping cancer cells dividing. But some ovarian cancers are resistant to such drugs, known as taxanes, which are derived from the yew tree. Now British and American researchers, partly funded by Cancer Research UK, believe they have opened up a new route after identifying a key protein. They found that cells struggled to divide when they interfered with a gene known as SIK2, which produces the protein. The discovery was a surprise...

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Obesity may raise risk of ovarian cancer

Posted on Jan 31, 2009 in Cancer

Ovarian cancer is a particularly deadly type of cancer because in the initial stages it typically has vague symptoms or none at all, making it difficult to catch early. In the new study, which included more than 94,000 U.S. women ages 50 to 71, who were followed for more than 7 years, the researchers found that obese women were more likely to develop ovarian cancer. But the risk appeared to be confined to those who’d never used hormone replacement therapy (HRT) during menopause. Previous studies have linked hormone use to a reduced risk of ovarian cancer. Among women who’d never...

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Obesity linked to ovarian cancer

Posted on Jan 28, 2009 in Cancer

By Amanda Gardner, HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 5 (HealthDay News) — Obese postmenopausal women who have never used hormone replacement therapy may face an increased risk of ovarian cancer, compared to normal-weight women, a new study suggests. Interestingly, obese women who have used hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for symptoms of menopause may not face increased risk for this type of malignancy. The study findings are published in the Feb. 15 issue of the journal Cancer. The take-home message is a familiar one, experts said: Maintain a healthy body weight. “This is...

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