Ovarian Cancer

Ovaries

What is cancer?

the disease caused by an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in a part of the body

what can lower the risk of ovarian cancer?

Pregnancy and taking birth control pills both lower the risk of ovarian cancer. Since both of these things reduce the number of times the ovary releases an egg which is called ovulation, researchers think that there may be some relationship between ovulation and the risk of developing ovarian cancer. Another way to lower the risk is to get a hysterectomy which is a surgical operation to remove all or part of the uterus.

What is Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian cancer is the most common cause of cancer death from gynecologic tumors in the United States. Malignant ovarian lesions include primary lesions arising from normal structures within the ovary and secondary lesions from cancers arising elsewhere in the body. Primary lesions include epithelial ovarian carcinoma germ-cell tumors, sex-cord maelstrom tumors, and other more rare types. Metastases to the ovaries are frequent; the most common are from the endometrium, breast, colon, stomach, and cervix

What part of the body does it affect?

Ovarian cancer affects the abdomen such as the liver, stomach and intestine.

How can you Treat the cancer?

It can be surgically removed or you can do chemotherapy.

What are the symptoms?

The cancer has no symptoms in the early stage. The later stages are associated with non specific symptoms such as weight loss and loss of appetite