Disease of the month: Ovarian cancer


6,500 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year, making it the fifth most common cancer in women, according to cancer research. Mary Randell outlines its insurance ramifications.

Symptoms during the early stages of ovarian cancer are usually vague and frequently overlooked. As a result, the condition is often only discovered by chance or by the time the cancer has reached the advanced stages of the disease. Causes and risks Epithelial ovarian cancer (cancer of the surface layers of the ovary) makes up 90% of all ovarian cancers. It is not fully understood what causes epithelial ovarian cancer, however, certain factors have been identified that may increase the risk. Like many cancers the risk of developing ovarian cancer increases as you get older and ...

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