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Why there is no screening program for ovarian cancer in Australia

In Australia, more than 1,500 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year. Sadly, most women are diagnosed with this disease at advanced stages 3 or 4, resulting in a...

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How long does ovarian cancer take to grow?

Ovarian cancers develop and grow at varying rates over time. Some types of ovarian cancer may grow slowly over years while others can progress very quickly within months.

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What causes ovarian cancer?

We don’t know exactly what causes ovarian cancer, but we do know that a family history or genetic mutation can increase a woman’s ovarian cancer risk.

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How would I know if I had ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer is a malignant tumour arising from one or both ovaries, which can spread throughout the pelvis and abdomen if not treated early.

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Can ovarian cancer be cured?

The chance of a cure depends on the type, grade and stage of ovarian cancer.

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How reliable are tumour marker tests for ovarian cancer?

Tumour markers are substances found in the blood that are frequently also found in cancer patients. Ovarian cancer tumour markers tests include CA125, CA19.9 and HE4.

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What is the most aggressive type of ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer is not one disease but can be made up of different cell clones or types.

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How do I know if my ovarian cancer has spread?

There is currently no proven screening test for ovarian cancer. If your doctor suspects you have ovarian cancer, you may have blood tests (CA125), and medical imaging scans (ultrasound, CT scan).

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Most common ovarian cancer myths

A lack of awareness can lead to misconceptions about ovarian cancer. Here, I debunk six common myths about ovarian cancer.

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What are the differences between neoadjuvant or adjuvant chemotherapy?

Neoadjuvant chemotherapy refers to the use of chemotherapy to shrink the cancerous tumours prior to surgery. When chemotherapy is used after surgery, it is referred to as adjuvant chemotherapy.

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