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Feb102011

Quarter of Early Ovarian Cancer Patients Not Given Biopsies

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(DAVIS, Calif.) - New research suggests that more than a quarter of women with presumed early-stage ovarian cancer are at an increased risk of death because they do not get recommended biopsies, reports HealthDay News.

Researchers at the University of California Davis Cancer Center and California Cancer Registry found that records of 721 apparent early-stage ovarian cancer patients showed that just 72 percent had the recommended lymph nodes biopsies, which can reveal whether cancer has spread.

A further review found that the five-year survival rate for those who did not receive the biopsies was 69 percent, compared to 84 percent for patients who underwent the biopsies.

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