Each year, more than 200 000 women around the world are diagnosed with ovarian cancer.(1,3) It is the eighth most common cancer in women, with postmenopausal women at the greatest risk. Ovarian cancer has a good prognosis if detected during the early stages (and especially if treated by specialized gynaecologists) : women diagnosed in stages I – II have a 70% survival rate at 5 years, women diagnosed in stages III and IV have a 5 year survival rate of less than 30%. More than 75% of women are diagnosed in the advanced stage, thus there is clearly a need for the development of tools to aid earlier diagnosis.

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