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1 In 3 Ovarian Cancer Survivors Can Live For A Decade Or More

Ovarian cancer is known to fly under the radar as it is usually detected at a late stage. Late detection of the disease causes it to be a swift killer among women.
Ovarian cancer usually has vague symptoms that can be categorized as mere inconveniences or symptoms of other, minor ailments. Symptoms include the following: pain or pressure in the pelvic area, bathroom habits change, feeling full quickly during meals or abnormal vaginal bleeding.
A new study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology by a team headed by Rosemary Cress, an epidemiologist and associate adjunct professor in the department of public health sciences at the University of California, shows that one-third of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer survive for at least 10 years.
The study looked at more than 11,000 records of women in California diagnosed with ovarian cancer between 1994 and 2001. By tracking these women's survival information and other pertinent factors up to 2011, they were able to identify several factors that can contribute to longer life. Their research shows that the factors for longer survival include young age, early stage identification and low-grade tumor.
“We think that this is good information to communicate to women newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer,” Cress said. “Although ovarian cancer is a dangerous cancer, there is considerable variability and it is not always fatal.”
According to Michael Bookman, medical gynecologic oncologist at Arizona Oncology and director of the gynecologic oncology research program at US Oncology Research, “Some of these factors are known to be interrelated. For example, younger patients tend to have low-grade tumors.” Also another factor that can affect survival would be how much cancer is left after the initial surgery.
Bookman further states that the new study “basically reinforces these points, emphasizing the importance of stage, age, tumor grade and tumor type.”