18 Apr '11, 7pm

Ovarian cancer starts elsewhere, says study

WASHINGTON: US researchers have recreated the process by which ovarian cancer forms in the lab, providing solid evidence that the tumours start in the fallopian tubes, not the ovaries, a study said on Monday. The finding could provide clues on how to attack ovarian cancer, which often causes no early symptoms and by the time it is found has spread so much that the tumours are impossible to stop. Ovarian cancer is the fifth deadliest cancer among women, affecting 200,000 women worldwide annually and killing 115,000 women on average each year. Several studies have theorised that the cancer may originate elsewhere, but the latest research by scientists at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston shows how the cancer takes root first in fallopian tissue. The fallopian tubes are the pathways by which a woman's egg travels from the ovary to the uterus as part of her reproducti...

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