(See the General Information section.) The metastatic tumor is the same type of cancer as the primary tumor.For example, if ovarian epithelial cancer spreads to the lung, the cancer cells in the lung are actually ovarian epithelial cancer cells.(See the PDQ summary on Ovarian, Fallopian Tube, and Primary Peritoneal Cancer Prevention for more information.) These signs and symptoms also may be caused by other conditions and not by ovarian, fallopian tube, or peritoneal cancer.
This risk is higher in women who have one first-degree relative and one second-degree relative (grandmother or aunt) with a history of ovarian cancer.
This risk is even higher in women who have two or more first-degree relatives with a history of ovarian cancer.
The process used to find out whether cancer has spread within the organ or to other parts of the body is called staging.
The information gathered from the staging process determines the stage of the disease.
Eggs pass from the ovaries, through the fallopian tubes, to the uterus.
Cancer sometimes begins at the end of the fallopian tube near the ovary and spreads to the ovary.
The genes in cells carry the hereditary information that is received from a person’s parents.
Hereditary ovarian cancer makes up about 20% of all cases of ovarian cancer.
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