Introducing Ed: Ed is the new name of the National Centre For Health Innovation (NCHI), a not-for-profit organisation established to promote and deliver improvements in community health. Ed supports the effective translation of research into tangible outcomes (new tests for earlier diagnosis of disease) for you and your family. A current priority of Ed is women’s health, particularly ovarian cancer, reproductive health and complications of pregnancy. The Ovcare (ovarian cancer) Research Team and the Bears That Care Charity Online Show are priority programs of Ed.
About Ovarian Cancer:
Ovarian cancer has claimed the lives of over two million women this century, simply because it is not detected early enough.
If found in its early stage, ovarian cancer is essentially curable.
If found late, 80% of women will not survive 5 years.
Did you know . . .
- Ovarian cancer kills ONE woman out of every TWO who develop the disease.
- Unlike breast and cervical cancers, there is NO screening test available for the early detection of ovarian cancer.
- A Pap smear does NOT detect ALL gynaecological abnormalities - a Pap smear detects changes in the cells of the cervix.
To prevent this terrible loss of life, we must develop better tests to detect ovarian cancer earlier
and improve the outcome for women who develop this disease. To build better tests, we must first find substances in the blood (known as biomarkers) that we can measure that change as ovarian cancer develops. The Ovcare program was established to help develop better ovarian cancer detection tests.
Since its inception in August 2000, The Ovcare program has been supported and promoted by Jigsaw, the founding partner of the program. The objectives o the Ovcare program and the Bears That Care Charity Online Show are to:
support the ovarian cancer research program currently being conducted under the direction of Professor Greg Rice, Deputy Director (Translation), University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR)
support the development of new blood tests for the earlier detection of ovarian cancer - the ultimate goal being to deliver a suitable screening test to the community for this disease, and
educate and increase community awareness about ovarian cancer.
Ovcare Research Program – Recent Development Update
(Professor Greg Rice, Scientific Director of the Ovcare program of research being conducted at the UQCCR)
Ovarian cancer is the most serious and life-threatening of all reproductive tract cancers. We can achieve better outcomes for women who develop ovarian cancer through continuing our work to develop better detection tests for this disease.
The continued commitment of Jigsaw, founding partner of Ovcare, has helped enable our research team to progress the development of a more effective, non-invasive test for detecting ovarian cancer.
Over the past few years, the Ovcare Research Team has focused on developing new blood tests for ovarian cancer (multiplex assays). In addition, we have been involved in validating a new type of ovarian cancer test called OvPlex. OvPlex is a test that simultaneously measures 5 different substances in the blood that improves diagnostic test accuracy.
Whilst these new types of tests are not yet suitable for community-based screening for ovarian cancer, the outcomes represent a significant step in the right direction and bode well for the continuing success of our laboratory-based research program.
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