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3 things you didn’t know about ovarian cancer

Following on from World Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day, we take a look at three new things you may not know about the illness.

3 things you didn’t know about ovarian cancer

New treatment method

A new method of treatment uses a portion of a naturally occurring protein to reduce the formation of new blood vessels that tumors need to grow while simultaneously improving chemotherapy effectiveness. (Published The FASEB Journal)

Patchwork Ovarian Cancer more deadly

A UK study published in PLOS Medicine found that the Serous type of ovarian cancers containing a variety of genetically-different cells were more likely to become resistant to treatment and return again than cancers made of more similar cells.

Even Short-Term HRT Use May Cause Ovarian Cancer

Menopausal women who take HRT, even for short periods have a higher risk of developing Ovarian Cancer according to a new study by the Collaborative Group on Epidemiological Studies of Ovarian Cancer. The findings showed the risk arose with fewer than five years of use, despite the established idea that shorter use was safer. This has worldwide implications for the revision of guidelines on the use of HRT.

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