Each year, about 22,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
While it is the ninth most common cancer (other than skin cancer) in women, ovarian cancer is the fifth highest cause of cancer death in women. Most women who develop ovarian cancer are older than 60. It is found more often in white than African-American women.
The symptoms of ovarian cancer often are vague or like other conditions. This may make it hard to diagnose. It often has spread to other parts of the body when it is found.
Over the past 20 years, the five-year survival rate for ovarian cancer has continued to improve.
At Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, cervical cancer is treated with a multidisciplinary approach in which a team of experts including gynecologic oncologists and radiation oncologists work together to develop an individual treatment plan based on each patient’s unique needs. Clinical nurse navigators work closely with patients, guiding them through their journey and serving as a single point of contact throughout their care.
Cancer risk factors include exposure to chemicals or other substances, as well as certain behaviors. They also include things people cannot control, like age and family history.
Most cancers have the same symptoms as other, less serious conditions. Still, it’s important to know the signs.