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Ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer affects 1.6 out of every 100 women. It is more common in women who have been through menopause, and is less likely in women who are still having periods.

Ovarian cancer can be difficult to diagnose because it doesn't cause any specific symptoms – or may not cause any symptoms at all.

For most women who get ovarian cancer there is no clear cause but for some women it runs in families.

There are a few things that we know can increase your chance of getting ovarian cancer. These include:

Treatments for ovarian cancer include surgery, chemotherapy and sometimes radiotherapy.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by clinical director Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Canterbury DHB. Page created November 2016.


See also:

Cancer treatments & their side effects

Inherited cancer & BRCA genes

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