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Ovarian cancer can be scary, especially if you’re a teen. While ovarian cancer is over all more common in older women, there are some types more common in teens and young women.  For women of all ages, becoming aware and knowing symptoms is important.
Ovarian cancer begins in a women’s ovaries, which are two almond-shaped glands located on either side of the uterus. They produce the female hormones, estrogen and progesterone, and release eggs during a woman’s reproductive years.
There are more than 30 types of ovarian cancer which are categorized based on where they begin growing in the ovary. Ovarian cancer symptoms are not always obvious in the early stages, but some teens and young women might feel full quickly when eating or have abnormal bloating, bely pain, or urinary symptoms. If such symptoms last more than a few weeks, they should be checked by a healthcare professional.
Women with a history of ovarian cancer are more prone to get the disease. If ovarian cancer runs in your family, talk to your health care specialist about genetic testing and other ways to take charge of your health.
While there are no screening tests for ovarian cancer, routine gynecologic care and annual pelvic exams are usually the best way to catch potential health concernsearly on.
Written by Katie E, Meridian Medical Arts Chart School Student