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Ovarian cancer

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Introduction
Cancer of the ovary affects more than 6,500 women in the UK each year. It is the fifth most common cancer among women.
Symptoms of ovarian cancer
The symptoms of ovarian cancer can be difficult to recognise, particularly in the early stages of the disease.
Causes of ovarian cancer
Several possible causes of ovarian cancer have been identified, along with risk factors that may make developing the condition more likely.
Diagnosing ovarian cancer
If you have any of the symptoms of ovarian cancer, it's important to see your GP as soon as possible.
Treating ovarian cancer
People with cancer should be cared for by a team of specialists who work together to provide the best treatment and care. This is called a multidisciplinary team.
Preventing ovarian cancer
Currently, there is no reliable screening test for ovarian cancer. However, there are several factors which may help to prevent ovarian cancer.
Living with ovarian cancer
How ovarian cancer will affect your daily life depends on what stage your disease is at and what treatment you are having.
'My way of coping was keeping manically busy'
My problems started in 2003. I’d been having a difficult year, as both my father and brother died within three months of each other.
'Some days I felt like I'd been poleaxed'
Practice nurse Ruth Payne, 53, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 11 years ago. She describes her treatment and how she coped with the side effects.