Ovarian Cancer

Chicago, IL—Chlamydia trachomatis (chlamydia) infection was shown to increase the risk for developing ovarian cancer by approximately 2-fold in 2 independent studies presented at the 2018 American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting.

In ovarian epithelial cancer, fallopian tube cancer, and primary peritoneal cancer, malignant cells form in the tissue covering the ovary or lining the fallopian tube or peritoneum. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2017 more than 22,000 women in the United States were estimated to be diagnosed with these cancers and more than 14,000 to die from them.

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