Ovarian cancer is the seventh most common cancer among women. While a cancer
diagnosis can be scary, Hoag will be here to support you every step of
the way through diagnosis, treatment and beyond, and our survival rates
are better than the national average.*
There are three classes of ovarian cancer, comprised of epithelial, germ
cell and stromal cell cancers. The most common type is epithelial, which
forms on the surface of the ovary in the epithelial cells, and accounts
for more than 85 percent of ovarian cancers.
Germ cell cancers are much less common, accounting for only about five
percent of ovarian cancers. Beginning in the cells that form the eggs
in the ovaries, it is usually diagnosed in adolescent girls and young
women, and typically affects only one ovary.
Stromal cell cancer is just as uncommon, and begins in the cells that
produce female hormones and form the connective tissue of the ovary.
It is important to be aware of ovarian cancer risk factors and symptoms,
and to see your doctor at the first sign of concern.