Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer occurs when abnormal (malignant) cells grow in one or both of the ovaries. This particular type of cancer—although rare—can be treated if found early, but unfortunately, in most cases the cancer usually has already spread by the time it is found. Some women are more likely to get ovarian cancer than others—including those who started their menses prior to the age of 12, those who have never had a baby and women who have taken hormone replacement therapy, or started menopause after the age of 50.  Surgical removal of one or both of the ovaries is usually the first reference of treatment followed by chemotherapy and/or radiation. The prognosis is determined based upon the stage the cancer was in when it was initially diagnosed.

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