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Letters Ovarian cancer

Not a silent killer

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 06 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2719
  1. William Hamilton, general practitioner and consultant senior lecturer1,
  2. Alison Round, general practitioner2,
  3. Debbie Sharp, general practitioner and professor1
  1. 1University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 2AA
  2. 2Castle Place Practice, Tiverton, Devon EX16 6NP
  1. w.hamilton{at}

    When will ovarian cancer stop being called the silent killer?1 If it were truly silent, general practitioners could hardly be blamed for missing it. It is far from silent: its noise is difficult to interpret.

    Recent studies of newly diagnosed women show that symptoms are common and reported to general practitioners.2 3 Although the …

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