Ovaries Before Brovaries
What is it?
The cause of ovarian cancer is still unknown but risk factors for women include having been through menopause, having few or no children, starting periods early and going through menopause late, being overweight, smoking, endometriosis, a family history of cancer and inheriting genes called BRCA1 and BRCA2.
What to look out for
How is it tested?
Some of the tests to diagnose ovarian cancer include physical examination of the lower abdomen and pelvis, blood tests (to test for the protein CA 125 that can be high in ovarian cancer), ultrasounds and other imaging tests and surgery which is the only definitive way to see if you have ovarian cancer.