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Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer happens when cells in your ovaries grow abnormally and out of control. The cancer cells can spread to other parts of your body.

The ovaries are two small glands, located on either side of your uterus. They make female sex hormones, and they store and release your eggs.

Some women who get ovarian cancer have a family history of breast cancer or they have inherited certain gene changes, such as BRCA. But many women with ovarian cancer have no risk factors.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Ross Berkowitz, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as of June 28, 2013

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: June 28, 2013
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