Find out more about ovarian cancer, including how common it is and ways to reduce your risk.
Ovarian cancer is the sixth most common cancer in women in the UK. In 2019, 6,959 women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer*.
Women have two ovaries, one on each side of the body. They are part of the reproductive system. The ovaries are connected to the womb (uterus) by the fallopian tube.
When a woman is of childbearing age, the ovaries produce an egg each month. If the egg is fertilised, the woman becomes pregnant. The ovaries also produce the female sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone.
Ovarian cancer develops if cells in the ovary start to change and grow abnormally.
As with all cancers, the risk of developing ovarian cancer depends on a number of factors and varies from person to person. Ovarian cancer mostly occurs in women over 50.
The good news is that there are some steps you can take to reduce your risk. These steps are based on research from our Continuous Update Project (CUP).
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