Ovarian cancer is when abnormal cells in the ovary begin to grow and divide in an uncontrolled way, and eventually form a growth (tumour).

There are different types of ovarian cancer. The type depends on the type of cell the cancer started in. Most cases of ovarian cancer are epithelial cancers. This means the cancer started in cells covering the ovary or fallopian tubes. Doctors now think that most epithelial cancers start in cells at the end of the fallopian tubes rather than the ovary.

The risk of developing ovarian cancer increases as you get older. Most cases of epithelial ovarian cancer (the most common type) are in women older than 50.

Find out more on ovarian cancer rates, symptoms, causes, treatments and how to reduce the risk. Watch the ten things you should know about ovarian cancer.

Learn more about this type of cancer on our website: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/ovarian-cancer
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