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Ovarian Cancer FAQs

What are the ovaries?
The ovaries are female reproductive organs. There is one small, almond–shaped ovary on each side of the uterus. An ovary releases an egg every month in a woman who is still having her period. The ovaries also make most of the female hormones, including estrogen and progesterone. These hormones control the development of certain parts of a female, like the breasts, body shape, and body hair. They also control the menstrual cycle and pregnancy.

What is ovarian cancer?
Ovarian cancer grows from cells within the ovaries. However, not all tumors found in the ovaries are cancerous.

How do you know if you have ovarian cancer?
This is something that needs to be diagnosed by your doctor. If you are having pain or cramping, your doctor may set you up for a sonogram to check for cysts or a mass. Ovarian cysts are very common and are seldom cancerous.



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