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Is ovarian cancer a common version of gynecologic cancer?

Laura Corio, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer in women. Its incidence increases with age and is one of the most difficult cancers to diagnose. Early diagnosis is critical and I believe that women who are at high risk or over 40 years of age should have transvaginal sonograms (day 5-9 of their cycle) performed every one to two years.

Ovarian cancer is one of the most common types of gynecologic cancer, second only to uterine cancer. About 12 in 100,000 American women develop ovarian cancer each year. Ovarian cancer is difficult to diagnose during a pelvic exam. Ultrasounds, MRIs, CT scans or other tests may be necessary.

Sharyn N. Lewin, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Every woman is at risk for developing a gynecologic cancer although these are not the most common cancers in women:
  • Ovarian cancer accounts for nearly 3% of all cancers among women 
  • Ovarian Cancer follows Uterine Cancer as the second most common gynecologic cancer
  • Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women and causes more deaths than any other reproductive cancer

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