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What is ovarian cancer?
Ovarian cancer is when abnormal cells grow uncontrollably in one or both of the ovaries, forming a cancer. The exact cause for this abnormal growth is unclear.
What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?
The symptoms of ovarian cancer can be vague, especially in the early stages of the condition. Therefore, a high degree of suspicion is needed to detect the cancer. Symptoms can include abdominal pain, frequent urination, swelling and bloating and a …
What causes ovarian cancer?
Cancer is caused by damage to cellular DNA. The causes of this damage is unclear.
How is ovarian cancer diagnosed?
Initial tests for ovarian cancer include a physical examination, blood test and ultrasound. Definitive diagnosis is only made by examining a tissue biopsy (tissue sample).
How is ovarian cancer treated?
Ovarian cancer is treated with some or all of the following: surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and hormone therapy.
Can ovarian cancer be prevented?
Ovarian cancer cannot be prevented. However, you can reduce your risk by maintaining a healthy diet and by not smoking.
Can ovarian cancer be cured?
Ovarian cancer can be cured if detected early and treated appropriately.
What is the outlook for ovarian cancer?
The treatment outlook for ovarian cancer varies according to the type and stage of the cancer. If you have ovarian cancer your doctor will discuss the prognosis with you.
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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 12 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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