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Ovarian cancer

This page provides information for women, their partners and families about ovarian cancer. 

About ovarian cancer

Women have two ovaries located on each side of the uterus (womb). Ovarian cancer develops when the cells in the ovary grow and multiply too quickly, damaging healthy tissue. Sometimes these cells come from the fallopian tubes, close to the ovaries. Ovarian cancer is the second most common gynaecological cancer.

The links below provide more information about ovarian cancer:

  • Cancer Research UK
    Includes information on diagnosing, treating and living with ovarian cancer
  • The Eve Appeal
    Includes information about the key messages, the early signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, leading risk factors and actions that may reduce the risk of developing ovarian cancer
  • Macmillan
    Help and support for people affected by ovarian cancer
  • NHS Choices
    Includes information about symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, living with ovarian cancer and prevention
  • Ovacome
    In-depth information about ovarian cancer
  • RCOG
    Includes information about symptoms, diagnosis, stages and grades of the disease, and available treatment options
  • Target Ovarian Cancer
    Information and support for people with ovarian cancer
  • Women’s Health Concern
    Ovarian cancer factsheet

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