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Disease Information

Ovarian Cancer

What is Ovarian Cancer?

Female ovaries produce both reproductive eggs and the female hormones of estrogen and progesterone. Inside the pelvis, one ovary is located on each side of the uterus. Ovarian cancer begins when cells grow out of control outside of one or both ovaries. This is called ovarian epithelial cancer and is the most common type of ovarian cancer. It begins in the layers of cells that cover the ovaries.

To find out more about all types of of ovarian cancer that include cancer inside the cells of the ovaries and in their connective tissue, please visit the National Cancer Institute website or ask your cancer care team about your individual situation.