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What every woman needs to know about ovarian cancer

By Heidi Godoy, D0  |  9/25/2017

Ovarian cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells are found in the tissues of the ovary. It is the is the leading cause of death from all gynecologic cancers and the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in the United States. Often called the “silent killer,” ovarian cancer has symptoms that can be vague and there's no reliable screening test. This, unfortunately, is why the fatality rate is so high.

All women are at risk for ovarian cancer, but awareness of the symptoms may enable women to receive an earlier diagnosis, when the disease is more easily treatable. Here's what you need to know about reducing your risk and spotting symptoms quickly:

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Dr. Heidi Godoy, D.O., is a gynecologic oncologist on the medical staff at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. For more information on gynecologic cancers, visit: http://www.healthquest.org/cancer/cervical-cancer.aspx.