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What caused ovarian cancer?

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Dr. Heather Curry
Radiation Oncology 30 years experience
Possible Risk Factor: Risk factors for ovarian cancer include increasing age, obesity, prolonged use of fertility drugs, and family history of breast, ovarian, or colon cancer, especially for persons with brca 1 or 2 mutations. However, it's impossible to know why any individual develops cancer since having a risk factor does not guarantee the disease will develop and many people with cancer may not have risk factor.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of ovarian cancer?

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Dr. Ben Ferguson
Dr. Ben Fergusonanswered
General Surgery 10 years experience
Many.: Common risk factors include family history of gynecologic cancer (including ovarian and breast cancers), nulligravidity (i.e. Few or no pregnancies), polycystic ovarian syndrome, smoking, endometriosis, and obesity. As with the majority of cancers, ovarian cancer develops with characteristic genetic alterations that lead to unchecked growth of cells. This process is multifactorial.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What caused ovarian cancer?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heather Curry
Radiation Oncology 30 years experience
Possible Risk Factor: Risk factors for ovarian cancer include increasing age, obesity, prolonged use of fertility drugs, and family history of breast, ovarian, or colon cancer, especially for persons with brca 1 or 2 mutations. However, it's impossible to know why any individual develops cancer since having a risk factor does not guarantee the disease will develop and many people with cancer may not have risk factor.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

How is ovarian cancer caused?

2 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
Dr. Marianne DiNapolianswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
No one cause: There is no specific cause for ovarian cancer, but several risk factors have been identified. Women who have a family history of either ovarian, breast, or colon cancer all are at increased risk for ovarian cancer. Most ovarian cancers are diagnosed in the six or seventh decades of life, and typically arise from the ovarian epithelium. There is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer.

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