Ovarian Cancer: Introduction
The female reproductive system includes the uterus - a hollow, muscular structure where a baby develops; the ovaries - two glands that produce certain hormones and is where eggs develop; fallopian tubes - which connect the ovaries with the uterus; the vagina - a muscular passage that connects the cervix with the external genital organs. The cervix is located where the vagina and uterus come together and along with the ovaries and fallopian tubes makes up the internal parts of the female reproductive system.
Ovarian cancer is a type of cancer that forms in tissues of the ovary. Most ovarian cancers are either ovarian epithelial carcinomas (cancer that begins in the cells on the surface of the ovary) or malignant germ cell tumors (cancer that begins in egg cells).