Researchers have uncovered a genetic defect that significantly increase the chances of developing ovarian cancer by 40 percent in women.

It has been estimated that almost one in seven women in Britain carries a rouge DNA that is responsible for ovarian cancer development.

Almost 7,000 women develop the disease every year and around 4,300 die.Humans have 23 pairs of each chromosome, one of each pair inherited from each parent.Scientists found that a variant version of one of these chromosomes, chromosome nine, could increase the risk of the cancer.


It is hoped that the findings will lead to tests to identify the genetic defect in women that may lead to ovarian cancer. It should help speed up diagnosis and lead to earlier treatment of the cancer, increasing the chances of survival.