Cancer of the Fallopian Tube (Fallopian Tube Cancer)
There are two fallopian tubes: one on each side of the uterus (womb). The fallopian tubes connect the womb to the ovaries: the female reproductive glands where the eggs form. When a woman releases an egg from her ovary, it travels down the fallopian tube toward the womb.
Cancer sometimes starts when the cells of a fallopian tube begin to grow abnormally. Fallopian tube cancers are usually found in women between 60 to 64 years of age but can also occur in women in their mid-80s.
Because of its rarity, the risk factors for developing this cancer are hard to determine; however, there has been some association of fallopian tube cancer with chronic infection or inflammation of the fallopian tubes.
- Vaginal bleeding
- Vaginal discharge
- Pelvic pain
Since this type of cancer is so rare and challenging to locate inside the tube, fallopian tube cancer can be harder to diagnose than other types of gynecologic cancers. A regular pelvic exam is always the best way to monitor your gynecologic health.