Early Detection Is Essential
With the potential to spread unnoticed to other parts of the body, ovarian cancer begins when cells form abnormally in the ovaries and develop tumors. More than 21,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year.
The primary types include:
- Epithelial carcinoma
This type of ovarian cancer begins in cells on the outer surface of the ovary. Epithelial carcinoma makes up about 90% of ovarian cancers.
- Germ cell tumor
This type of cancer develops in the egg-producing cells of the ovaries.
- Stromal tumor
A rare form of ovarian cancer, it develops in the connective tissue cells that hold the ovaries together and produce female hormones.
Learn more about your cancer risk
The cancer genetics program at Virtua offers genetic testing for specific gene mutations that may increase your risk for ovarian cancer. This testing helps you learn about the risk factors associated with ovarian cancer and how your family history may increase your risk.
Receive individualized cancer care
The Penn Medicine Virtua Cancer Program offers skilled gynecologic oncology surgeons and a range of diagnostic procedures, advanced treatment options, and personalized support services for women with ovarian cancer. Patients receive individualized treatment plans based on the stage of the cancer as well as age, health, desire to have a child and other personal choices.
For more information about Virtua’s ovarian cancer services,
call 1-888-VIRTUA-3 (1-888-847-8823).