Ovarian cancer develops when abnormal cells in, near, or on the ovary (egg-releasing and hormone producing organs of the female reproductive tract) begin to multiply out of control and form a tumor. All women are at risk for ovarian cancer.
Ovarian cancer is a serious and under-recognized threat to women's health. The vast majority of ovarian cancer cases are not diagnosed in its early stages, when treatment may work best.
Ovarian cancer accounts for only 3% of all cancer in women, but it ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.
Ovarian cancer often has warning signs, but the earliest symptoms are vague and easy to dismiss. Early symptoms of ovarian cancer are easy to dismiss because they’re similar to other common illnesses or they tend to come and go.
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.