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Ovarian Cancer

About Your Care and Condition

Ovarian cancer often goes undetected until it has spread within the pelvis and abdomen. The cancer begins in the ovaries or the ends of the fallopian tubes. The ovaries are the main source of the female hormones, estrogen and progesterone. The ovaries are made up of three main kinds of cells. Each type of cell can develop into a different type of tumor. 

Generally, women are more likely to have symptoms if the disease has spread beyond the ovaries, but even early-stage ovarian cancer can cause them. The most common symptoms include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, trouble eating or feeling full quickly, frequent urination and pelvic pressure with difficulty having bowel movements.