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Ovarian Cancer
(OC012)

Introduction


Ovarian cancer affects approximately 25,000 women every year. Although the peak age at the time of diagnosis of ovarian cancer is 57 years, 10% of women are younger than age 35 at the time of diagnosis.

The epithelial cancers, or adenocarcinomas, account for 85% of all ovarian cancers but rarely occur in women younger than age 30 years. Approximately 15% of all epithelial cancers are low malignant potential tumors, which are often found early.

The more common ovarian neoplasms in young women are the germ cell malignancies. In fact, these can occur in young children and account for more than 85% of all ovarian malignancies in girls younger than 15 years of age.

Achievement of total remission or cure is the ultimate goal of therapy. In the woman of childbearing age, consideration is given to the desire for reproductive capability, which is preserved if possible.

Treatment for ovarian cancer usually involves surgery and chemotherapy. Some women with very early stage disease may be treated with surgery alone.

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