Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system and because there is no effective screening, most women are diagnosed at advanced stages. The probability of survival at 5 years is less than 30%.
However, it appears that women with ovarian cancer are living longer than they did 30 years ago with 5-year survival rates increasing from 20% to near 40%. Ovarian cancer has become a “chronic disease” as evidenced by a greater proportion of women surviving through recurrences.
What is ovarian cancer?
Ovarian cancer takes place when cells in the ovaries grow abnormally and out of control. The cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body. The ovaries are two small glands, located on either side of your uterus. They make female sex hormones, and they store and release your eggs.
Some women who get ovarian cancer have a family history of breast cancer or they have inherited certain gene changes. But many women with ovarian cancer have no risk factors.
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