What Causes Ovarian Cancer | How Do You Get Ovarian Cancer
I have posted on here many times, I too have advanced ovarian cancer, stage 4. I was diagnosed in September and it was the biggest shock ever. If you read my posts, you will see that I have been through a lot of treatment, various ups and downs, but nearly 2 years on, I'm doing ok and feeling well. I would like to reassure you that the treatment available is amazing, with many options, with new drugs being developed all the time.
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Ovarian cancer is a cancer that forms in or on an ovary. The risk of ovarian cancer increases in women who have ovulated more over their lifetime. This includes those who have never had children , those who begin ovulation at a younger age and those who reach menopause at an older age. Screening is not recommended in women who are at average risk, as evidence does not support a reduction in death and the high rate of false positive tests may lead to unneeded surgery, which is accompanied by its own risks. In , new cases occurred in approximately , women.
Ovarian cancer is the sixth most common malignancy and the fifth most common cause of cancer-related death for women in the United States with an estimated 23, new cases and 13, deaths occurring in At Stony Brook University Medical Center, it accounted for 24 percent of all newly diagnosed gynecologic cancer cases in , and ranked seventh in most frequent new cancers Figure 2. The ovary can develop a variety of malignancies: 1 germ cell tumors from the ova; 2 sex cord stromal tumors from the follicles or stroma; 3 epithelial from the surface capsule; and 4 metastatic from numerous primary sites. Overall, 90 percent of ovarian malignancies are epithelial, the majority of which are serous histology. The other epithelial histological subtypes are mucinous, endometrioid, clear cell and Brenner tumors.