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An indicator that is commonly used to detect choriocarinoma (rare placental cancer) can actually show a false positive. This results in unnecessary surgery such as hysterectomy or ovary removal and chemotherapy. Urine tests need to be added to testing to prevent this.
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About: Current testing of a rare cancer can result in misdiagnosis
Date: 25 February 2000
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