Ovarian cancer refers to malignant growth arising from different parts of the ovaries.
The ovaries are part of a woman’s reproductive system, where the eggs are developed. Most (90%) ovarian cancers are classified as "epithelial" and arise from the surface (epithelium) of the ovary. Other types (10%) arise from the precursors to egg cells (germ cell tumour) or supporting cells (sex cord/stromal).
Ovarian cancer is the fifth commonest cancer among women in Singapore. According to the Singapore Cancer Registry, in the period 2014-2018, 379 cases were diagnosed yearly. It is the second most common female genital tract cancer.
Epithelial ovarian cancer usually affects older women although it can also happen to younger women. Germ cell cancers of the ovary occur more frequently in younger women.
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