Ovarian cancer knows no age or demographic. Although ovarian cancer is often found in older individuals, younger people can be at risk for diagnosis delays. This is often due to misconceptions around screening for the disease (thinking that the PAP test screens for ovarian cancer, when it does not) or when signs and symptoms are thought to be due to other causes. Understanding your individual risk can help you make informed decisions with your health care team and ensure you are getting the care that you deserve.
Cancer and Young People
Cancer can happen at any age. According to the NIH 89,000 adolescent and young adults (AYA) are diagnosed with a variety of cancers each year in the United States. Check out our Practice Healthy Behaviors tip sheet, where you can learn about healthy habits that also support risk reduction.
Signs & Symptoms
Knowing what to look for is important. The signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague or mimic other issues. Check out our Signs and Symptoms page for a full breakdown.