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:

10.1201/9781315368948-5

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Abstract

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.

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