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Dr Karen Morton appeared on BBC 2’s Victoria Derbyshire show on the 5th of May talking about ovarian cancer.
Scientists have come up with a new screening method that could have a dramatic effect on preventing women from developing the disease.
Currently, women in the UK have a 1/50 chance of developing ovarian cancer and just over 4,000 die from this each year. A 14-year trial is being carried out on 46,000 women and scientists have come up with a new screening method that could dramatically reduce the amount of women who die from the disease.
Dr Morton appeared with Caroline Presho, who had a double mastectomy and her ovaries removed.
Dr Morton said: “You have to look at costs versus benefits and the level of anxiety women derive from having such screening. As a gynaecologist, I will speak to people in my hospital or on Dr Morton’s medical helpline everyday who are worried about some symptom that could be diagnosed as ovarian cancer.”
She added: “The main value of the study is to raise awareness of this horrible condition…we don’t know yet whether the earlier detection…will translate into saving lives.”
See the full interview above.
See also: Dr Morton’s – the cancer journey
Very informative documentary. Thank you Dr Morton
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