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Ovarian cancer happens when cells in or near 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.
Current as of: August 22, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine & Donald Sproule MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Ross Berkowitz MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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