Ovarian Cancer

Cancer and Neoplasms, Women's Health and Childbirth

Ovarian cancer is the accelerated and uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the ova- the female reproductive organ that produces unfertilized eggs. While several types of ovarian cancer arise, the most common type is found forming in the epithelium or lining cells of the ovary. Ovarian cancer is rare, accounting for only 3% of cancers in women. Yet, it is the fifth most common cause of cancer deaths in women preceded by lung, breast, colorectal, and pancreatic. Ovarian cancer is a risk to women of all ages, but the majority of cases occur in women over the age of 50.

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