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Medical News & Perspectives
July 4, 2017

The Hunt Continues for Early Ovarian Cancer Clues

JAMA. 2017;318(1):14-16. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.5545

Like many women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Michigan schoolteacher Johanna Silver Gordon, who died from the disease in 2000, had experienced symptoms before her diagnosis. But the nonspecific warning signs associated with the disease—bloating, rapid satiety, pelvic or abdominal pain or pressure, and frequent urination—rarely set off red flags.

“These are things everyone feels from time to time,” said Beth Karlan, MD, a gynecologic oncologist at the University of California, Los Angeles.