Ovarian Cancer FAQs

What is ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer is caused by abnormal cell growth in the tissue that covers the ovaries. It’s a more common gynecologic cancer that is diagnosed in more than 22,000 women per year.

What are the treatment options for ovarian cancer?

Treatment for ovarian cancer usually involves a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. With ovarian cancer surgery, doctors remove cancer tissue in the operation. With chemotherapy for ovarian cancer, special medicines are used to shrink or kill the cancer.

Is there a screening for ovarian cancer?

There is no reliable way to screen for ovarian cancer in women who do not have any signs or symptoms. This makes it especially important to recognize warning signs. If you notice any changes in your body that are not normal for you and could be an ovarian cancer symptom, call Dr. Hill to book an appointment.

What are some of the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Some ovarian cancer symptoms include:

  • General abdominal discomfort and pain
  • Frequent urination
  • Nausea, diarrhea, constipation
  • Chronic tiredness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight changes
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Unusual vaginal discharge

Who is at risk of ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer is widespread and can affect any woman, regardless of her age or race.

Certain factors may increase your risk of developing these cancers, including:

  • Family history of ovarian or other reproductive cancers
  • Genetic mutations that can cause reproductive cancers
  • Age over 50
  • Infertility
  • Early menopause

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