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Because ovarian cancer is not usually diagnosed until it is in an advanced stage, it is the most deadly of all the female cancers of the reproductive organs. As of 2000, only 46% of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will survive past five years. If ovarian cancer is diagnosed before it has spread to other organs, more than 90% of the patients will survive five years or more. Unfortunately, only 24% of all cancers are found at this early stage.
As of 2001, there appears to be no difference in how a woman with ovarian cancer will do, whether or not she has a BRCA alteration. Because unaffected people in a family with a BRCA alteration may be in high-risk screening programs, the hope is that they may be able to have any of their cancers detected earlier, giving a better prognosis.
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Deepti Babu, MS
Author Info: Deepti Babu MS, The Gale Group Inc., Gale, Detroit, Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders Part I, 2002This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to replace the care and information received from your healthcare provider. Please consult a healthcare professional with any health concerns you may have.
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