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Finding ovarian cancer early

Will symptom awareness lead to earlier detection and better outcomes?

If ovarian cancer is diagnosed early, it can be treated successfully with surgery, although it's a major operation: the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, and omentum, a fatty layer of tissue that covers the intestines, are removed.

More often, though, it is diagnosed at a later stage — and the survival statistics are grim.

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