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Five daunting details you need to know from this new report on ovarian cancer
Washington Post

Of all the “women’s cancers,” ovarian is among the most diabolical.

A new, congressionally mandated report by the Institute of Medicine spells out, sometimes in unnerving detail, the challenges confronting researchers in understanding the disease and patients in getting good care. About 21,000 women will be diagnosed with the illness this year, and 14,000 women will die from it.

Partly because it sneaks up on women without announcing itself, the disease has a five-year survival rate of just under 46 percent, compared to nearly 90 percent for breast cancer, more than 80 percent for endometrial cancer and nearly 70 percent for cervical cancer. Still, that’s some progress. In the 1970s, only 36 percent of women survived at least five years. And there are ways for patients to improve their odds. Here are five takeaways from the report, which was released Wednesday: