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Learn About Your Risk For Developing Ovarian Cancer

There are some things associated with ovarian cancer that can increase the risk of disease. These include but are not limited to:

  • The history of ovarian cancer in your family.
  • Age (over 50 years). Most cases occur after menopause, which usually occurs around the age of 51.
  • More than 50% of all ovarian cancers occur in women older than age 65.
  • No children (a large number of pregnancies, the lower the risk for developing ovarian cancer).
  • The past history of breast or ovarian cancer. You can get more information about ovarian cancer genetic testing online at

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  • Race-ovarian cancer occurs 50% more often in white women than African American women.
  • Hormone replacement therapy in postmenopausal women very slightly increase the risk of ovarian cancer.
  • Infertility drug use- an almost 3-fold increase in risk was found, with substantially greater risk in those who failed to conceive. However, this is not a consistent finding and mostly "carcinoma" is a borderline tumor.
  • A high-fat diet was associated with higher rates of ovarian cancer in industrialized countries, but the link remains unproven.
  • Talk-use powder cosmetics in feminine hygiene sprays or bandages have been suggested as a risk factor. However, this is not a consistent finding.

It is estimated by experts in the field that the protective effects of pregnancy, birth control pills, and breastfeeding is very much related to the suppression of ovulation, ie, fewer ovulatory cycles that a woman has, the lower its probability of developing ovarian cancer. I agree with this statement all the way.