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Ovarian cancer patients getting substandard care?

It’s hard to believe in this age of patient empowerment and instant Internet access to the latest cancer research that most women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are getting sub-standard care, but that’s exactly what a new study found — and it could be subtracting a year or more from their lives.

While rarer than breast cancer, ovarian cancer kills about 15,000 American women each year because there’s no reliable screening test, so the cancer goes undetected until bloating, nausea, and other symptoms develop after the tumor has spread beyond the ovary.

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