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.
Community outreach played an important role in the 2018 Society of Gynecologic Oncology Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer, held March 24-27 in New Orleans.
September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. After creating the month in 1999, the Foundation strives to bring attention about these cancers through public awareness campaigns.