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A 31-year-old member asked:

What leads to increased risk of ovarian cancer?

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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice 18 years experience
Smoking etc: No children, early onset of menarche , smoking tobacco, family history.
Dr. David Fishman
General Practice 33 years experience
Ovarian cancer: Primarily personal or family history of cancers related to ovarian cancer that have a genetic association such as breast, colon, endometrial cancers.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How can I reduce my risk for ovarian cancer?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Don't smoke: Many of the risk factors for ovarian cancer can't be changed- such as family history, early onset of menses, late menses, and no pregnancies. Enviromnental risk factors include smoking and obesity.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

What are the risk factors for ovarian cancer?

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Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 16 years experience
Multiple: Most women who get ovarian cancer get it without being at high risk but there are some factors that can increase a woman's risk: middle or older age, family history of ovarian cancer, brca mutation, ashkenazi jewish background, never been pregnant, history of endometriosis.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Who is at risk for ovarian cancer?

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Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Obstetrics and Gynecology 43 years experience
Increased risk...: ...is associated with increased age, women with a family history of ovarian or breast cancer, women with the genetic BRCA modifications, and certain ethnicities. These groups have a higher risk than the overall lifetime risk for women in the US of 1.6%.

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