What is Ovarian Cancer?
Ovarian cancer starts in the cells of the ovary (the female reproductive organ that produces eggs). According to Ovarian Cancer Canada, there is a lifetime risk of 1 in 70 that you will develop ovarian cancer.
Over 2,600 Canadian women are diagnosed every year.
The different types of ovarian cancer?
There are several types of ovarian cancer:
- Epithelial ovarian cancer, which starts in the surface layers of the ovary. This accounts for 80-90 percent of all ovarian tumours.
- Germ cell ovarian cancer, which develops in the cells that produce eggs.
- Stromal ovarian cancer, which begins in the cells that hold the ovaries together.