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Cancer of the ovary. Coloured computed tomography (CT) scan showing a huge ovarian cancer (round and green at top centre). The cancer is also invading the region of the kidneys, which are the bean- shaped areas (black and yellow) at bottom left and right separated by the spinal column (pink). Cancer of the ovary is most common after the age of 50. The first symptom to appear is abdominal discomfort and swelling followed by nausea, vomiting and vaginal bleeding. Ovarian cancer is treated surgically by removing the malignant growth. This usually involves the removal of the ovaries, the Fallopian tubes and the uterus. Radiotherapy and anticancer drugs are also used.
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