What is Ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the ovary, fallopian tube or peritoneum grow in an uncontrolled way.

The ovaries are a pair of organs in the female reproductive system, located on each side of the uterus. They produce eggs and hormones.

Ovarian cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body to form secondary cancers, in a process called metastasis.

  • Ovarian cancer statistics

    Ovarian cancer statistics

    Summarised ovarian cancer statistics from AIHW on Incidence, Mortality, Survival and Trends.

  • Know the risk factors

    Know the risk factors

    Some risk factors are modifiable, such as lifestyle or environmental risk factors, and others cannot be modified, such as inherited factors or whether someone in the family has had cancer.

  • Ovarian cancer symptoms

    Ovarian cancer symptoms

    Some of the most common symptoms of ovarian cancer are  abdominal bloating, pain, swelling or a feeling of pressure in the abdomen or pelvis and an enlarged abdomen.

  • Family history

    Family history

    Some women are at increased risk of ovarian cancer because they have a strong family history of ovarian cancer or breast cancer.

  • How is ovarian cancer diagnosed?

    How is ovarian cancer diagnosed?

    A number of tests may be done to investigate symptoms of ovarian cancer and confirm a diagnosis. 

  • Treatment options

    Treatment options

    Treatment and care of people with cancer is usually provided by a team of health professionals, both medical and allied health, called a multidisciplinary team.

  • Finding support

    Finding support

    You might feel overwhelmed, scared, anxious or upset if you have been diagnosed with cancer – these are all normal feelings.

  • Research & clinical trials

    Research & clinical trials

    Research is ongoing to find new ways to diagnose and treat different types of cancer.

  • Health professionals

    Health professionals

    Information and Clinical Guidelines for Health professionals.

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