Ovarian cancer develops when abnormal cells in the ovary begin to multiply out of control and form a tumor. The ovaries are two female reproductive glands that produce ova, or eggs. If left untreated, the tumor can spread to other parts of the body. This is called metastatic ovarian cancer.
This year, about 21,750 women are expected to receive
a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. More than 70% of women receive a diagnosis when it has advanced into a later stage.
Early symptoms of ovarian cancer are easy to dismiss because they’re similar to other common illnesses or they tend to come and go. To ensure the very best outcome, you should talk to a healthcare professional about any potential symptoms as soon as possible.
A risk factor is something that can increase your chances of developing a disease. While the presence of one or more risk factors may increase a woman's chance of developing ovarian cancer, it does not necessarily mean that she will get the disease.
The main treatments for ovarian cancer are surgery and chemotherapy. If diagnosed with ovarian cancer ask to be referred to a gynecologic oncologist —
a doctor who has been trained to treat cancers of a woman’s reproductive system.
Knowing your potential risk for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer can help you and your healthcare professional make better, more informed decisions about your health, before the onset of cancer or before a second cancer has a chance to develop.