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Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian Cancer . By: Heber Ramirez. What is Ovarian Cancer .

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Ovarian Cancer

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  1. Ovarian Cancer By: Heber Ramirez

  2. What is Ovarian Cancer • Cancer that forms in tissues of the ovary (one of a pair of female reproductive glands in which the ova, or eggs, are formed). Most ovarian cancers are either ovarian epithelial carcinomas (cancer that begins in the cells on the surface of the ovary) or malignant germ cell tumors (cancer that begins in egg cells).

  3. Types of Ovarian Cancer • The type of cell where the cancer begins determines the type of ovarian cancer you have. Ovarian cancer types include: • Cancer that begins in the cells on the outside of the ovaries called epithelial tumors, these cancers begin in the thin layer of tissue that covers the outside of the ovaries. Most ovarian cancers are epithelial tumors. • Cancer that begins in the egg-producing cells called germ cell tumors, these ovarian cancers tend to occur in younger women. • Cancer that begins in the hormone-producing cells. These cancers, called stromal tumors, begin in the ovarian tissue that produces the hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.

  4. Causes of Ovarian Cancer • It's not clear what causes ovarian cancer. In general, cancer begins when healthy cells acquire a genetic mutation that turns normal cells into abnormal cells. As abnormal cells accumulate, they form a mass (tumor). Cancer cells invade nearby tissues and can break off from an initial tumor to spread elsewhere in the body.

  5. Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer • Abdominal pressure, fullness, swelling or bloating • Pelvic discomfort or pain • Persistent indigestion, gas or nausea • Changes in bowel habits, such as constipation • Changes in bladder habits, including a frequent need to urinate • Loss of appetite or quickly feeling full • Increased abdominal girth or clothes fitting tighter around your waist • A persistent lack of energy • Low back pain

  6. Prevention of Ovarian Cancer • There is no way to prevent ovarian cancer, only some ways to reduce your risk like taking birth control.

  7. Treatment for Ovarian Cancer • Surgery • Chemotherapy • Radiation

  8. Cures for Ovarian Cancer • No known cures.

  9. Famous people who have died from Ovarian Cancer • Kathy Bates • Patsy Ramsey • Dolly Haas • Mary Millar

  10. Work Cited • http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ovarian-cancer/basics/definition/con-20028096 • http://www.cancer.org/cancer/ovariancancer/ • http://www.ovariancancer.org/about-ovarian-cancer/treatment/ • http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ovariancancer.html • http://www.ovarian.org/treatment_options.php

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