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Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian Cancer - Causes and Risk Factors

The causes of ovarian cancer are not clear, but there are some known risk factors.

Factors that increase the risk of ovarian cancer:

  • Older age – ovarian cancer is most often diagnosed in women aged 50 years and above. However, younger women can get it too.
  • Had other cancers – women who have had breast cancer, colon cancer, cancer of the uterus or rectum.
  • Family history of ovarian cancer – women who have inherited gene mutations (of breast cancer genes BRCA1 or BRCA2)
  • Endometriosis – women who have a painful disorder where the womb lining (or endometrium) is found outside the womb.
  • Never having been pregnant – women who have never had children or been pregnant.

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