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Ovarian cancer affects the ovaries, which are the 2 small organs that store the eggs needed to make a baby.
Symptoms of ovarian cancer include feeling full or bloated, a swollen or painful tummy and loss of appetite.
It is not always known what causes ovarian cancer. But it affects more people who are over 50, and sometimes it can run in families.
It's not always possible to prevent ovarian cancer. Having a healthy lifestyle may help. Get advice from a GP if ovarian cancer runs in your family.
A blood test and scan are usually the first tests done to check for ovarian cancer, but other tests might be needed to get a diagnosis.
If you have ovarian cancer, support is available from your specialist team and charities like Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK.
Page last reviewed: 24/01/2022
Next review due: 24/01/2025