What is Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian cancer is a cancer that begins in the ovaries or fallopian tubes. More than 21,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year.

Research advances have made significant strides in improving treatment options and survival for women with ovarian cancer. Yet, more than 75 percent of women are diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer because there is no effective screening or early detection test and often the signs and symptoms women experience occur once the disease is advanced. The disease is often treated as a chronic condition because 85 percent of women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer will have their disease return after finishing initial treatment. As a result, it is important to talk to your health care team about available treatment options and long-term side effects.

Updated May 26, 2015