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Detection of ovarian cancer

Women 50 years and over, resident of Montreal, are invited to participate in a research project on early detection of ovarian cancer.

The research project D.Ov.E (Detecting Ovarian Cancer Early) of the McGill University Health Center (MUHC) is to detect the cancer before it is too quiet developed.

"The population of Montreal about 80% Francophone. However, the clinical Royal Victoria Hospital - the first clinic in the world easy access to screening for ovarian cancer - is attended by less than 40% of patients francophones. This percentage must be reversed! "Says Dr. Lucy Gilbert, Chief of Gynecologic Oncology at the MUHC and principal investigator D.Ov.E.

Each year, 380 Montrealers are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In 90% of cases, early diagnosis and avoid complications save more lives. The lack of information on the symptoms that are similar to those of relatively mild disease of this "silent killer" is the main cause.

The little-known symptoms of this disease are lack of appetite, feeling of bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain or frequent urination.

When diagnosed early (stage 1), ovarian cancer can be completely removed by surgery and the chances of recovery are excellent. "However, the rate of relapse and death are very high when the diagnosis is established at a later stage, because the tumor can not be completely removed by surgery and the patient should resort to chemotherapy, says Dr. Gilbert. C ' is the case for 80% of women diagnosed too late to consult their gynecologists. "

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