Electronic Sensors for the Detection of Ovarian Cancer

Authored by: A. M. Whited , Raj Solanki

Semiconductor Devices in Harsh Conditions

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781498743808
eBook ISBN: 9781315368948
Adobe ISBN:


 Download Chapter



Although it is not a commonly diagnosed disease, being just the eighth most common cancer diagnosed among American women each year, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death in women [1]. Due to its nonspecific symptoms, which include bloating, a distended abdomen and gastrointestinal difficulties [2], and the absence of an adequate physical exam, more than 75% of cases are diagnosed in the later stages when the disease has metastasised beyond the primary site, leading to a 5-year survival rate of less than 30% [3]. By comparison, patients diagnosed in the early stages have a 90% survival rate over the same period [3]. These statistics are evidence that the development of an accurate and sensitive screening method capable of early detection of ovarian cancer would save thousands of women’s lives each year.

Search for more...
Back to top

Use of cookies on this website

We are using cookies to provide statistics that help us give you the best experience of our site. You can find out more in our Privacy Policy. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.