Ovarian Cancer

Read patient and survivor stories about ovarian cancer, learn about risk factors, symptoms, and treatments, and more.

One Woman’s Story of Ovarian Cancer Following Breast, Skin Cancers

After breast cancer treatment and removal of a melanoma, Patty never imagined she would be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Turns out she has the BRCA1 gene. Here’s her story.

Ovarian Cancer Topics


Which Celebrities Have Had Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian cancer has been called the silent killer, but there’s nothing silent about the women who have had it. The disease has afflicted everyone from civil rights heroes to Olympic athletes to Academy Award winners.

By Sheila M. Eldred

The Pill Linked to Lower Ovarian Cancer Risk

Newer oral contraceptives containing low doses of estrogen and newer progestogens are associated with a reduced risk for ovarian cancer in young women.

By Diane Domina

Ovarian Cancer Treatment: What You Should Know

Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with ovarian cancer? Here’s what you should know about the latest therapies available.

By Stephanie Stephens

5 Things an Ovarian Cancer Survivor Wants You to Know

Since her own experience with ovarian cancer, Joan has made it her mission to educate other women about this formidable disease.

By Stephanie Stephens

Common Pain Relievers and Ovarian Cancer Survival: Is There a Link?

In a study looking at the use of aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), researchers found these meds can increase ovarian cancer survival.

By Diane Domina

Jury Awards Billions in Talcum Powder-Ovarian Cancer Case

In one of thousands of court cases around the United States involving talcum powder and cancer risk, a jury in St. Louis, Missouri, awarded $4.69 billion to 22 plaintiffs who claimed their ovarian cancer was caused by products manufactured by Johnson & Johnson.

By Diane Domina

10 Important Facts About BRCA Gene Mutations

BRCA gene mutations indicate a higher risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. Here’s what you should know about your screening and treatment options.

By Elizabeth Millard

All About BRCA Gene Mutations

If you have BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 gene mutations, here's what you should know your options, insurance coverage, and screening for other members of your family.

By Elizabeth Millard

Breaking the News of Hereditary Cancer Risk

Learning you have a high cancer risk gene mutation is hard enough. Here's how to tell your family they might be at risk, too.

By Bethany Kandel

Genetic Counselor Explains BRCA Genetic Mutations

Dana Clark, M.S., L.C.G.C., at the Basser Center for BRCA at Penn Medicine, discusses when you’re at a high risk for BRCA gene mutations, what testing involves, and what misconceptions she commonly encounters.

By Elizabeth Millard

Meet the Experts

Elizabeth Millard

Health Writer

Elizabeth Millard is a freelance journalist specializing in health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition.

Bethany Kandel

Health Writer

Bethany Kandel is a New York-based journalist, health writer, and author. She is also a breast cancer survivor.

Katherine Malmo

Health Writer

Katherine Malmo is a freelance writer, author, and breast cancer survivor who writes about cancer and cancer treatments.

Elizabeth Millard

Health Writer

Elizabeth Millard is a freelance journalist specializing in health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition.

Health News

Genetic Pap Test Detects Ovarian and Endometrial Cancers

A new screening test for endometrial and ovarian cancers detects genetic mutations in DNA from cervical fluid samples taken during routine Pap tests. Called PapSEEK and developed by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore, ...

Chlamydia May Double Ovarian Cancer Risk

New research to be presented at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting in April suggests that women with chronic chlamydia infections are twice as likely as women without the sexually transmitted infection to develop ovarian cancer. Res...

A Surprising Risk for Ovarian Cancer: Dad's Genes

Researchers at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, New York have found a genetic mutation for ovarian cancer that can be passed from father to daughter. This genetic factor is also associated with an higher risk for prostate canc...