Risk Factors

Epithelial Ovarian Cancer: Risk increases with age, especially around the time of menopause. A family history of epithelial ovarian cancer, fallopian tube cancer, peritoneal cancer, premenopausal breast cancer and/or male breast cancer is a very important risk factor. Some families affected by colon and endometrial cancer may also have an increased risk. Also, Ashkenazi Jewish women are at increased risk for developing ovarian cancer.

A personal history of premenopausal breast cancer is also an important risk factor. Infertility and not bearing children are also risk factors. To learn more about ovarian cancer risk factors, read “Are You at Risk for Ovarian Cancer: A Woman’s Guide” and review “Ovarian Cancer Risk Consensus Statement BRCA 1 and BRCA 2.”


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