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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 9 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.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Also: If familial, breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer all lie on the braca gene.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of ovarian cancer?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ben Ferguson
Dr. Ben Fergusonanswered
General Surgery 11 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 48-year-old member asked:

What is the cause of bloating from ovarian cancer?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 29 years experience
Probably ascites.: Ascites is a common finding/complication in ovarian cancer patients. Bloating could also come from the increased size in the ovary due to the tumor, which results in an increased abdominal girth. It could also be from a condition called endometriosis, which can make fluid and cycle like a period which can also cause bloating. Estrogen replacement therapy increases ovarian cancer risk.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Does tamoxifen use cause ovarian cancer?

2 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
No: Tamoxifen can increase a women's risk for endometrial cancer (cancer of the uterus). It does not increase the risk for ovarian cancer.
A 33-year-old female asked:

Why/how does ovarian cancer cause bloating?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Not known: Bloating is a non-specific symptom. While it may occur with ovarian cancer, it occurs far more often without it. You may wish to consult this site for symptoms of ovarian cancer. Please keep in mind that none of the symptoms are diagnostic. http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/ovarian/basic_info/symptoms.htm
A 41-year-old member asked:

Does ovarian cancer cause periods to stop?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Menses (periods): Are caused by pitutary driving ovaries to produce estrogen, and then develop eggs to burst from ovary for fertilization. Uterine lining builds with estrogen stimulation, when estrogen stops, the linig shed. This does not necessarily change with an ovarian cancer on either side.

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