Sunday, September 2, 2012

OC Awareness Month #2- Some women are at a greater risk.

Yesterday, I wrote that all women are at risk ( increased chance of developing a disease) for ovarian cancer. That is true but some women are at a greater risk for the disease.

#2 Women are at a greater risk for ovarian cancer if they :

  • Have a family history of cancer ( BRCA1and BRCA2 gene mutations,Lynch syndrome, hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer)  
  • A personal history of cancer (breast,uterus,colon,rectum) 
  • Age over 55,
  • Never pregnant,
  • Menopausal hormonal treatment ( taking estrogen for more than 10 years)
  • Use of fertility drugs
  • Use of talc 
  • Obesity during the teen years

Just because you have a risk for ovarian cancer does not mean that you will develop the disease.  And women develop the disease without having these risk factors.

Source : NCI
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