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Ovarian cancer. Illustration of a cancerous ovary. The ovary (yellow, lower left) has a large blue cancer growing on its lower side. Ovarian cancer is often fatal as the disease causes no symptoms until it is widespread. It mostly affects women over the age of 50, and is more common in childless women but less common in women who have used oral contraceptives. Treatment involves surgical removal of the ovary, followed by radiotherapy and anticancer drugs. A fallopian tube (red) is seen above the ovary; the uterus is at upper right.
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