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Ovarian cancer is one of the severe gynaecological malignancies in women and exposure to the trace elements may be considered as a risk factor for its development. Selected essential and toxic elements (Ca, Mg, Na, K, Fe, Zn, Cu, Sr, Li, Co, Mn, Ni, Cr, Cd and Pb) were analysed in the scalp hair and nails of ovarian cancer patients and matching controls by atomic absorption spectrometry. Average concentrations of Cr, Li, Mn, Ni and Pb were found to be significantly higher (p < 0.05) in thefatcat:qyculfk3xbadtce6dhxhsxc7am