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 (BMI of 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.
For more information please check this NCI source : http://www.cancer.org/cancer/ovariancancer/detailedguide/ovarian-cancer-risk-factors
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