Ovarian cancer occurs when cells in one or both ovaries grow abnormally and become cancerous tumours.
This cancer can be hard to diagnose as symptoms are often dismissed or attributed to other issues.
Ovarian cancer can be one of three types: 1
- Epithelial– Most ovarian cancers arise from the surface epithelium of the ovary
- Germ cell – These tumours occur in egg producing cells of the ovary
- Stromal tumour – These develop in the oestrogen and progesterone producing tissue that holds the ovary together