Once a woman begins experiencing symptoms of ovarian cancer, getting diagnosed and treated quickly may not help her survive longer, according to a new study of Australian women.
The finding is discouraging, researchers said, especially because doctors have believed that catching more cases of ovarian cancer early may help extend how long women live after diagnosis.
Ovarian cancer kills the majority of women with the disease within 5 years.
The results, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, “do not mean that women who have persistent symptoms that might be due to ovarian cancer should not seek immediate medical attention,” Christina Nagle, the study’s lead author from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Australia, told Reuters Health.
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