Unfortunately, most women are not aware of the dangers or symptoms of ovarian cancer, and many realize they have a problem too late. There is also a general lack of knowledge about ovarian cancer and what it does to the body.
Ovarian cancer starts in the ovaries and can rapidly spread to the rest of the reproductive system if it is not caught quickly. Epithelial ovarian tumors are the most common type of tumor found on the ovaries. Associated tumors are divided into three sub-groups: benign epithelial tumors, tumors of low malignant potential (LMP tumors), and malignant epithelial ovarian tumors. Malignant epithelial ovarian tumors are the most common form of ovarian cancer.
However, the symptoms of ovarian cancer are commonly overlooked or attributed to other less harmful health problems and are easily missed by both the patient and the doctor.