08 Aug '11, 6am

Babies and ovarian cancer

Babies and ovarian cancer

OVARIAN cancer is problematic because it gets detected only in its later stages, making it difficult to treat, which, unfortunately, leads to high fatality rates. Worse still, its incidence is doubling. With only 12 out of 100,000 women getting the disease, the rate may not sound high. But bear in mind that in the 1970s, that number was only six in 100,000 women. And there's strong evidence to show that the low pregnancy rate in Singapore and other Asian countries like Taiwan and Hong Kong is the main reason, says Tay Eng Hseon, medical director of the Thomson Women Cancer Centre. There is a scientific basis for relating ovarian cancer to the birth rate, he says. "We believe that incessant ovulation, which occurs during the menstrual cycles that women go through, is the platform for cancer development. One well-developed egg, out of hundreds, will rupture in the ovary. Aft...

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