What is ovarian cancer, what are the signs and symptoms?
What is ovarian cancer?
Ovarian cancer affects the ovaries, which are a small pair of organs located in the female pelvic cavity.
They are an important part of the female reproductive system as they are connected to the womb and store eggs.
If you have ovarian cancer, cells in or around your ovaries start to grow abnormally which can lead to tumours.
Ovarian cancer can affect one or both of your ovaries, and there are several types that can affect women of all ages.
- Epithelial ovarian cancer – This is the most common type and causes nine out of 10 cases. It develops in the cells that line your ovaries but can also affect cells in the Fallopian tubes that connect your ovaries to the womb.
- Non-epithelial ovarian cancer – This type of ovarian cancer is much less common, and affects cells in your ovaries that produce eggs. Typically this type will affect younger women.