Understanding ovarian cancer

Find out more about the ovaries and different types of ovarian cancer.

  • What is cancer?

    Cancer is a disease of our cells. Sometimes cells go wrong and become abnormal. They keep dividing to make more abnormal cells which form a lump or tumour.

  • The ovaries

    The ovaries are two small organs in a woman’s pelvis. They are part of the reproductive system and also create hormones.

  • Types of ovarian cancer

    Most ovarian cancers start in the cells that cover the surface of the ovary. There are several types.

  • Signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer

    The symptoms of ovarian cancer can be similar to other more common conditions. But it’s very important to get them checked by your GP.

  • Why do cancers come back?

    Sometimes, tiny cancer cells are left behind after cancer treatment. These can divide to form a new tumour.

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Symptoms of ovarian cancer

A consultant gynaecological oncologist explains the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer

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Symptoms of ovarian cancer

A consultant gynaecological oncologist explains the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer

About our cancer information videos