Linda and the twins, on a winter day in Michigan
I am enjoying a world-class case of shingles right now, so I haven’t much energy to spare for digging into the cancer literature. Ebola has chased all other health-related stories from my usual newspaper sources, and Dick Ingwall seems to be in transit to Borrego Springs so I haven’t been able to count on him. Rather than sit around feeling sorry for myself, I decided to see if other people are busy in the ovarian cancer field. I used my old friend Google Scholar, and confined my search to articles published since January 1, 2012. I searched for “exact phrases” but left the author line blank. It seems that in the last 34 months there have been 37,400 papers published containing the phrase “ovarian cancer:. Getting more specific, I find that over 1000 of them relate to early detection, slightly over 300 deal specifically with prevention, and the rest – presumably – with therapy. I guess I should be pleased that there is so much attention being paid to ovarian cancer, but I am mildly disappointed that early detection and prevention are so conspicuously under-represented. And that’s all the energy I have for today. My main reason for posting this blog, if you must know, is to share this wonderful picture.