Knowing the signs of ovarian cancer and any inherited or lifestyle risks are key to early detection and treatment.
Because there is no early detection test and most cases are found at advanced stages, ovarian cancer is particularly dangerous.
Ovarian cancer is the No. 1 cause of gynecologic cancer deaths and the fifth-highest cause of cancer deaths in women.
Although some risk factors are known, the disease shouldn’t be ignored.
“All women have the potential to get ovarian cancer,” says Karen McLean, M.D., Ph.D., a gynecologic oncologist at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center. “Two of the most important things women can do are listen to their bodies and know their personal risks of getting the cancer.”