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Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is a challenging disease, from recognizing its symptoms to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options. Emaxhealth reporters cover the latest research and advice from experts on all facets of ovarian cancer.

Women in Sunnier Countries Have Lower Ovarian Cancer Rates

The risk of developing ovarian cancer is 60 percent lower among women living in areas of the world with high ultraviolet B radiation exposure than those who live in areas with less UVB, concludes a study encompassing 175 countries.

"The main reason for this advantage is that women living in sunny areas have higher circulating (vitamin D2) levels that protect them from ovarian cancer," said lead researcher Dr. Cedric Garland, a professor of family and preventive medicine at the University of California in San Diego.


Ovarian Cancer and Abdominal Chemo

Women with Stage III ovarian cancer given a combination of intravenous and intraperitoneal chemotherapy following surgical debulking of tumor had a median survival nearly 16 months longer than women who received IV chemotherapy alone, according to a study published conducted by the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), a National Cancer Institute-supported research network, in the January 5, 2006 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.