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Atlanta Group Reports Success With Test For Ovarian Cancer

Dec 18, 2015

A team of Atlanta-based doctors and researchers say they've discovered what could be a breakthrough way to test for and detect ovarian cancer earlier.

Dr. John McDonald, a biology professor at Georgia Tech and one of the people who worked on the project, says he and his group, which also includes members from Atlanta’s Ovarian Cancer Institute, found just over a dozen metabolic features that they say could predict the disease much earlier than current methods.

“If this progresses and its validated in the larger sample group,” McDonald says, “what it means is that every year, when you go in for your annual exam, you could take this test and determine whether you have early stage ovarian cancer or not.”

McDonald says ovarian cancer is often hard to predict in its early stages because symptoms don't often show up until its progressed.