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Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian Cancer - What it is

Ovarian cancer refers to malignant growth arising from different parts of the ovaries. (Diagram of anatomy). The ovaries are part of a woman’s reproductive system, where the eggs are developed. Most (90%) ovarian cancers are classified as "epithelial" and arise from the surface (epithelium) of the ovary. Other types (10%) arise from the precursors to egg cells (germ cell tumour) or supporting cells (sex cord/stromal).

How common is Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian cancer is the 5th commonest cancer in Singapore. There are 359 cases diagnosed yearly based on the Singapore Cancer Registry 2011-2015. It is the second most common female genital tract cancer.

Age of Onset

Epithelial ovarian cancer usually affects older women although it can also happen to younger women. Germ cell cancers of the ovary occur more frequently in younger women.

Ovarian Cancer - How to prevent?

Ovarian Cancer - Preparing for surgery

Ovarian Cancer - Post-surgery care

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