Epithelial cancers of the ovaries continue to be a major health problem in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be about 23,400 new cases of ovarian cancer this year in the United States, and about 13,900 women will die of the disease. Ovarian cancer is currently the 6th most common cancer in the United States and the fourth most common cause of female cancer deaths, ranking behind lung, breast and colon cancer. Signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer usually don't present before the cancer has spread throughout the pelvis. Frequently the extent of the disease is not known until the initial surgery is performed. Additionally, there is a high rate of recurrence and monitoring with serum tumor markers is important.
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