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Ovarian cancer is the sixth most-common cancer among women in the United States.
Ovarian cancer is cancer of the ovaries and it is the second most-common gynecological cancer. However, more women die from ovarian cancer than from uterine and cervical cancer combined. This is primarily due to the fact that there is not a good screening test for ovarian cancer and women usually do not have any symptoms until the cancer is large or has spread to other organs.
When ovarian cancer is suspected, an ultrasound or CT scan can detect whether a tumor is present. The only way a doctor can be sure whether an ovarian tumor is cancerous, or malignant, is to remove it and examine the tissue under a microscope.
Detection of Ovarian Cancer is Difficult
There is no single, effective screening test for ovarian cancer. And symptoms usually appear after the cancer grows or spreads to other organs. Detecting and treating the cancer before it spreads outside of the ovaries provides the best chance of beating ovarian cancer.
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