Ovarian cancer, childhood

Overview

Type of disease: Rare conditions

Ovarian cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the ovary. Most ovarian tumors in children are benign and occur most often in females ages 15 to 19 years. The risk of ovarian cancer is increased by having one of the following conditions: Ollier disease, Maffucci syndrome, and Peutz-Jeghers syndrome. The symptoms of ovarian cancer include: painful menstrual periods, a lump in the abdomen, pain or swelling in the abdomen, having male sex traits such as a deep voice and body hair, and early signs of puberty.

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