Women of Teal is a play on the words "Man of Steel" used to describe Superman. I have found my fellow ovarian cancer survivors to be the strongest, most helpful women in the world. They are truly Women of Teal!
I hope women diagnosed with ovarian cancer who live in New Jersey and around the country will find this site useful.
Before I list the risk factors for ovarian cancer it is important to
know that having a risk factor does not mean you will get the disease.
But there are some factors that have been found to increase the likelihood that
a women will develop the epithelial ovarian cancer ( the most common type).
The average woman’s risk for ovarian cancer in
her lifetime is
1 in 75.
Age: The average age of women diagnosed with ovarian
cancer is 63 years.
Obesity: Studies have shown a relationship
between obesity and ovarian cancer (BMIof 30)
Reproductive History: Never being pregnant
Estrogen Therapy: Studies show that taking
estrogen 5-10 years have an increased risk
Male Hormones: Studies show that women who
take male hormones are at a higher risk for Ovarian cancer.
Personal History: Women who have had breast ,
uterine, colon or rectal cancer have an increase risk for ovarian cancer.
Family History:A family history of breast,
ovarian, colorectal cancer ( BRCA1and BRCA2 gene mutations, Lynch syndrome,
hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer)
PTEN Syndrome: Women with the inherited mutation of the PTEN gene have an increased risk of
ovarian cancer.Also known as Cowden disease .
Fertility Drugs: Some studies showed that the
use of fertility drug Clomid , increased a woman’s risk for ovarian cancer.
Talc: Women who use talcum powder in the
genital area have an increase risk. Please note that since the 70’s talc powder
products must be asbestos-free.