By Elisa Doré
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Each year, ovarian cancer affects 5,350 women and is responsible for 3,500 deaths, according to INCa data. sewcream / stock.adobe.com
Italian researchers have developed a screening test for this cancer, which is often diagnosed too late. It can be made from the smear already used for cervical cancer screening.
The aggressive ovarian cancer is one of the most insidious. There are very few warning signs to detect it. It is therefore often diagnosed at a very advanced stage, when the cancer cells have already spread to other regions of the abdomen. Heavy treatment is then required with an uncertain outcome. However, if treated early, this cancer is curable in 90% of cases. Hence the urgency of developing early detection tests. “We’re talking about thousands of lives», insists Tatiana Popova, researcher at the Curie Institute. Each year in France, ovarian cancer affects 5,350 women and is responsible for 3,500 deaths, according to the INCa. About 75% of them are very aggressive forms.
In recent years, several attempts have been made to identify biomarkers. We know in particular that the CA-125 protein is expressed in most ovarian cancer cells. However, because its level remains normal in many women with cancer…
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