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Overview - Ovarian cancer

  • Ovarian cancer affects the 2 small organs (ovaries) that store the eggs needed to make babies.
  • Anyone with ovaries can get ovarian cancer, but it mostly affects those over 50.
  • Sometimes ovarian runs in families.
  • The symptoms of ovarian cancer, such as bloating, are not always obvious.
  • Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed late, but early diagnosis can mean it is more treatable.

Get your symptoms checked

It's important to get any symptoms of ovarian cancer checked as soon as possible. Finding it early can mean it's more treatable.

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Page last reviewed: 24 January 2022
Next review due: 24 January 2025