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Hypertension May Positively Affect Ovarian Cancer Prognosis

WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 -- A woman's prognosis after an ovarian cancer diagnosis may be affected by a number of unexpected factors, according to a review published recently in Cancer Causes & Control.

Albina Minlikeeva, Ph.D., M.P.H., of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., and colleagues reviewed data from 15 studies of women with invasive epithelial ovarian cancer and found that diabetes is linked to a 12 percent higher risk of death for women with ovarian cancer.

The researchers did not find an overall association between hypertension or cardiovascular disease and mortality risk. However, hypertension was linked to a 46 percent lower risk of progression for women with endometrioid ovarian cancer.

"This is a coincidental and unintended consequence of hypertension and its treatment," co-lead author Kirsten Moysich, Ph.D., said in a Roswell Park news release. "Our findings emphasize the importance of understanding the full clinical profile for women with ovarian cancer in order to predict ovarian cancer outcomes," Minlikeeva added in the news release.

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Posted: April 2017