What is an ovarian cancer in Women?
What is an Overview Cancer?
The ovaries are a pair of small organs in the female reproductive system that contain and release an egg once a month. This is known as ovulation.
Ovarian cancer can affect one or both of the ovaries.
There are several types of ovarian cancer. They include:
- Epithelial Ovarian Cancer – Epithelial ovarian cancer affects the surface layers of the ovary, it is the most common type of ovarian cancer.
- Germ Cell Tumours – Germ Cell Tumours originate in the cells that make the eggs.
- Stromal Tumours – Stromal Tumours develop within the cells that hold the ovaries together.Ovarian cancer is most common in women who have experienced menopause (usually over the age of 45), however it can affect women of any age. Cancer of the ovary can spread to other parts of the reproductive system and the surrounding areas, including the womb (uterus), vagina and abdomen.
Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer – The symptoms of ovarian cancer can be similar to those of other conditions making them difficult to recognise. However, there are early symptoms to look out for such as pain in the pelvis and lower stomach, persistent bloating and difficulty eating.
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