Quick Quiz: Ovarian Cancer

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Ovarian cancer is a disease in which malignant cells are found inside, near, or on the outer layers of the ovaries.1 According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 22,530 women in the United States will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2019, and approximately 13,980 women will die from the disease in the same year.2 How much do you know about ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer, the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women aged 35 to 74 years, was previously believed to begin in the ovaries, but recent research suggests that many ovarian cancers may actually start in the distal end of the fallopian tubes.1,2 The disease tends to develop in women aged ≥63 years and is more common in white women than African American women.2 Because of the cancer’s nonspecific symptoms and lack of early detection tests, only about 20% of all cases of ovarian cancer are found in stage I or stage II.1 Public awareness of ovarian cancer needs to remain a priority to increase survival rates and improve patient quality of life.


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