What causes ovarian cancer?
Cancer is caused by damage to cellular DNA. The causes of this damage is unclear.
Author: Jonathan Meddings
First answered: 22 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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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.
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 …
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).
Ovarian cancer is treated with some or all of the following: surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and hormone therapy.
Ovarian cancer cannot be prevented. However, you can reduce your risk by maintaining a healthy diet and by not smoking.
Ovarian cancer can be cured if detected early and treated appropriately.
The different types of ovarian cancer are defined according to the cells that give rise to the cancer. Cancer that originates in outer layer of the ovaries is called epithelial cancer and is the most common type of ovarian cancer. It can also …
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.