Similar to most cancers, the aging process is associated with a higher chance of developing peritoneal cancer as well as fallopian tube cancer (FTC). Therefore, the major risk factor for both is advancing age. There are certain families in whom ovarian and breast cancers are common. Many of these families carry a genetic mutation in a gene, which leads to a dramatically increased risk of developing ovarian cancer, PPC, FTC, as well as certain types of uterine cancer. However, it is currently believed that at approximately 10% of ovarian, fallopian tube and primary peritoneal cancers are genetically linked.
Check out the 2013 State of the State of Gynecologic Cancers: Eleventh Annual Report to the Women of America to read all of the latest news and information about GYN cancer research, prevention and treatment.