02/04/2013

Livelli elevati di calcio come biomarker di carcinoma ovarico

"The take-home message from our paper is that there is a pressing need for markers of ovarian cancer that could detect the disease at an early, curable stage, much like a smoke-detector can detect a small fire before it is impossible to contain.  Our findings that serum calcium levels that are high, but not yet abnormal (high normo-calcemia) predicted both incident and fatal ovarian cancer suggest that high serum calcium could identify women with subclinical ovarian cancer, potentially leading to a diagnosis before the disease became clinically apparent".
(Commentary on: 
Schwartz GG et al.: "Prospective studies of total and ionized serum calcium in relation to incident and fatal ovarian cancer", Gynecol Oncol. 2013 Jan 9 [Epub ahead of print])

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