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Q: This week the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued preliminary guidelines for ovarian cancer screening. It recommends against routine screening saying that the risk of false positive diagnoses outweighs the benefits. How can this be and why is it so hard to find a good screening test for ovarian cancer?

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Global Cancer Summitupdated: Mon Nov 30 2009 13:31:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta leads a panel of experts in discussing challenges facing the battle against cancer.

The Clinic: combating cancerupdated: Mon Nov 30 2009 13:31:00

On Sunday, broadcast a special live edition of The Clinic from Dublin, Ireland focusing on cancer.

Awareness effort raises profile of ovarian cancerupdated: Mon Sep 14 2009 10:47:00

When Josephine Hathcock of Newark, Delaware, went in for gallbladder surgery, she never dreamed she'd wake up an ovarian cancer patient. Neither did her doctors, who found the cancer accidentally while she was on the operating table. To make matters worse, the cancer was stage 3, aggressive and had spread to her abdomen.

Ovarian cancer awarenessupdated: Mon Sep 14 2009 10:47:00

CNN's Melissa Long reports on state efforts to raise money and public awareness for ovarian cancer.

Bright Pink vs. breast cancerupdated: Thu Aug 27 2009 16:06:00

With more younger women choosing to be tested for the breast cancer gene, the Bright Pink foundation offers them education and support.

For Gen Y woman with cancer risk, 'it's just a boob'updated: Thu Aug 27 2009 16:06:00

It's Saturday night. Three young women are dressed to the nines at a trendy bistro on Rush Street in downtown Chicago. They're having drinks outside on the kind of summer night that makes you fall in love with the city.

Cancer specialists answer your questionsupdated: Mon Aug 24 2009 13:01:00

We received hundreds of questions from you for The Clinic live Webcast, hosted by Dr Sanjay Gupta on August 23. Here are the best questions and the all important answers from our panel of cancer experts.

Study: Hormone therapy increases risk of ovarian cancerupdated: Tue Jul 14 2009 18:00:00

Women who use hormone therapy after menopause may be at a higher risk of ovarian cancer, and the risk remains elevated for up to two years after women stop taking estrogen, a new study says.

ACLU sues over patents on breast cancer genesupdated: Thu May 14 2009 15:51:00

Myriad Genetics, a Utah-based company, vowed Wednesday to "vigorously defend" itself against a legal challenge to its patents on two human genes linked to breast and ovarian cancers, its attorney told CNN.

Genes show Ovarian cancer riskupdated: Tue Apr 21 2009 09:25:00

Women who have more than seven gene markers have a higher risk of ovarian cancer. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Gene variations could predict ovarian cancer riskupdated: Tue Apr 21 2009 09:25:00

Variations within women's genes could predict risk for ovarian cancer, a new study has found.

'Cancer-free' baby born in Londonupdated: Fri Jan 09 2009 06:59:00

The first child in Britain known to have been screened as an embryo to ensure she did not carry a cancer gene was born Friday, a spokesman for University College London told CNN.

Ovarian cancer survival linked to two key proteinsupdated: Wed Dec 17 2008 17:49:00

The chances of surviving ovarian cancer appear to vary dramatically depending on the levels of two tumor proteins, suggesting that this type of cancer may have a more nuanced outlook than the grim statistics indicate.

Possible marker for ovarian cancer foundupdated: Tue Sep 23 2008 17:45:00

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have zeroed in on a possible marker for ovarian cancer. The discovery of the marker, called TEM1 and found in the blood vessels surrounding the tumor, could lead to new screening and treatment options. Halle Berry to Lead Ovarian Cancer Awareness Campaignupdated: Wed Jul 16 2008 12:46:00

The nwe mother is teaming with foundations for public-service ads next month Men Get Breast Cancer Tooupdated: Thu Oct 25 2007 14:00:00

In discussions about breast cancer, the male form of the disease is often overlooked -- so, men end up going longer without diagnosis or treatment

Health for Her: Ovarian cancerupdated: Fri Oct 12 2007 11:35:00

A new study found that a low fat diet can reduce a woman's risk of developing ovarian cancer. CNN's Judy Fortin reports. Are Hysterectomies Too Common?updated: Tue Jul 17 2007 11:00:00

The procedure has long been regarded as a solution to many women's health problems, but some critics say it is overused

Don't worry so much about scary diseases updated: Thu Jun 14 2007 09:55:00

What's scarier than mad cow disease? Nothing, really -- except illnesses that are 10 billion times more likely to hurt you. Think about it this way: Your risk of getting mad cow is much lower than your odds of winning the Powerball lottery. In short, it's not likely to happen. What could happen? In her lifetime, the average woman has a 1 in 2 chance of developing osteoporosis and a 1 in 3 chance of heart disease.

Fortune: The survival of Pattie Dunnupdated: Thu May 31 2007 10:35:00

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, melanoma in 2002, ovarian cancer in 2004, and a recurrence, in the liver, in 2006. Yet for all her health travails, something else turned out to be Pat...

CNNMoney: Genentech says cancer drug study is 'positive'updated: Fri Jan 05 2007 11:13:00

Genentech announced "encouraging results" from a study involving an experimental ovarian cancer drug.

CNNMoney: Reports: Dunn to start cancer treatmentupdated: Wed Oct 04 2006 07:10:00

Recently ousted Hewlett-Packard chairwoman Patricia Dunn has been advised she should begin medical treatment for a recurrence of advanced ovarian cancer, according to two published reports.

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Bill seeks federal genetic testing protectionupdated: Wed Sep 29 2004 22:44:00

Becky Fisher started living early because she feared dying would come too soon. A gene plagues her family, predisposing it to a variety of cancers.

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Remember the great taxol debate? In the late 1980s, scientists established that the substance--found in the bark of the Pacific yew tree--was effective in treating ovarian cancer. Demand exploded (...

Fortune: THE RACE FOR A RARE CANCER DRUG Taxol comes from a scarce tree and costs the earth to make. Bristol-Myers Squibb has already pouupdated: Mon Jul 13 1992 00:01:00

IT'S EXOTIC: a cancer drug made from the bark of a yew tree that grows only in a few areas of the Pacific Northwest and gives shelter to the rare northern spotted owl. It's one of the most expensiv...

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