The relationship Between Obesity and Ovarian Cancer

Elkaramy, Nadeen Ehab (2018-04-14)

Five different tumor types account for 98% of ovarian cancers: high-grade serous carcinoma (70%), endometrioid carcinoma (10%), clear-cell carcinoma (19%), mucinous carcinoma (5%), and low-grade serous carcinoma (3%). The findings means that risk of ovarian cancer is increased by carrying excess body fat. That list includes post-menopausal breast cancer, colorectal cancer, endometrial cancer, esophageal cancer, kidney cancer, gallbladder cancer and pancreatic cancer. And being at a healthy weight could prevent 1 in 5 of these cases – or approximately 120, 900 cancer cases every year


The ovaries – as reproductive glands – are the sites of ovum production and they are also the main source of the sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone in premenopausal women. Ovarian cancer can originate from the three types of cells that make up the ovaries: epithelial cells, which cover the outer surface of the ovary; hormone producing stromal cells (structural tissue cells); and egg producing germ cells. Up to 95% of ovarian tumors are epithelial cell tumors

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