The ‘egg timer’ blood test is marketed as an empowering way to give women insights to help them plan when to have children. Problem is, it can’t deliver what it promises.
Kath O'Connor’s debut novel, Inheritance, follows two women – an IVF hopeful and her grandmother – who carry the BRCA1 gene and contract ovarian cancer. It’s very close to being memoir.
Ovarian cancer is more likely to be cured with early diagnosis.
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There are currently no effective tests to screen for ovarian cancer. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to recognize and prevent it.
I was motivated to improve the outcome for women with ovarian cancer by my experience as a junior doctor in London in 1985. But 36 years on, the results aren’t what we’d hoped.
Regular testing can mean potentially fatal diseases can be picked up and treated early.
We need to change diagnosis of ovarian cancer from late stage to early - scientists make steps
Rugrats can seriously mess you up.
Having children is linked to a greater risk of heart attacks and stroke, but kids aren’t completely bad for your health.
A urine test for ovarian cancer could increase survival rates from 20% to 90%.
Breast cancer type 1 (BRCA1) is a human tumor suppressor gene, found in all humans. Its protein, also called by the synonym BRCA1, is responsible for repairing DNA.
Mutations in BRCA genes are linked to the early onset of breast and ovarian cancers. But the effect of most mutations is unclear. Now new research can distinguish harmless from dangerous mutations.
Liquid biopsy is less invasive than standard biopsy, where a needle is put into a solid tumour to confirm a cancer diagnosis.
There are currently few effective and non-invasive methods to screen for early stages of cancer. But scientists have now developed a new blood test that promises to detect eight different cancers.
Back in business?
Something exciting is going on – no thanks to the supplements industry.
Meet Toxoplasma gondii.
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Scientists are making the terrifying useful.
Is it safe to put in your pants?
Some studies have found a link between the long-term use of talcum powder as a feminine hygiene product and an increased risk of ovarian cancer.
Overall cancer deaths continue to fall, but some cancers are being left behind.
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The rate of Australians dying from cancer is on a steady, downhill trajectory, thanks to powerful advances made in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations prompted Angelina Jolie to have a preventative double mastectomy and surgery to remove both ovaries.
What if you could take a simple test to reveal your individual risk of developing a range of cancers and hundreds of other diseases?
Jolie Pitt has announced she has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to mitigate cancer risk.
Jolie Pitt has announced more surgery, this time to mitigate her risk of developing ovarian cancer. But this should ideally not have the same “Jolie effect” as her last operation.
Jolie Pitt: wants other women at risk to know about the options.
Genetic testing for cancer will become more common and risk reducing surgery is one way to cut the risk.
Stopping breast cancer step by step.
It is well established that faults in the BRCA2 gene (and the BRCA1 gene that prompted actress Angelina Jolie to undergo a mastectomy) increase the risk of breast, ovarian, prostate and other cancers…
Not cancer’s only target.
Ovarian cancer is the fifth highest killer in women when it comes to cancer, according to statistics from the American Cancer Society, with about 14,000 deaths in the United States alone this year. The…
What’s on your plate?
Most cancers happen by chance and there is no obvious inherited reason for them. However a small proportion of cancers occur as a result of a genetic predisposition because a gene passed down through generation…