Infographic: Discover what you need to know about ovarian cancer, including risk factors (BRCA, age, heritage, family history), symptoms, and prevention strategies. Made by UPMC and the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.#ovariancancer
Ovarian cancer can be divided into four stages. These stages are primarily concerned with where the cancer cells are located, although some of the later sub-stages are determined by tumor size as well. In order to determine a cancer’s stage, your doctor will take several tissue samples from your ovaries, pelvis, and abdomen. If cancer is detected in any or all of the samples, your doctor can determine how widespread, or how advanced, the cancer is.
Staging of ovarian cancer refers to the extent to which it has spread to other organs or tissues. This is typically evaluated during surgery. Stages of ovarian cancer are as follows: Stage I: The cancer is limited to the ovaries Stage II: The cancer has spread to the uterus or other pelvic organs Stage III: The cancer has spread to lymph nodes or lining tissues of the abdomen Stage IV: The cancer has spread to distant sites, like the liver or lungs #lisasarmy