Ovarian cancer is more common than vaginal cancer or vulvar cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates there are nearly 20,000 new cases of ovarian cancer every year. Several types of cancer arise from the cells in the ovary.
The most serious types of epithelial ovarian cancer are seen in Caucasian females and the disease is often found at an advanced state with spread of the cancer already occurring within the patient.
A risk factor is anything that increases your chance of getting a disease such as cancer. In addition to the genetic risk that comes from having a family history of ovarian cancer, postmenopausal women should be aware of the following risk factors:
While there are no known ways to prevent the disease, there are several things that can reduce your risk of developing ovarian cancer.
In some cases, the cancer may cause early symptoms. The most common symptoms of ovarian cancer include:
It’s important to note that many of these symptoms are not exclusive to ovarian cancer. If you are experiencing these symptoms for more than two or three weeks continuously, contact your doctor for possible examinations.