How can you prevent ovarian cancer?

You can't completely. Risk factors for ovarian cancer include never having children, genetics (family history), and estrogen therapy. Though ovarian cancer cannot be completely prevented, you can decrease your risk by having children and avoiding estrogen therapy. If you know you have the brca mutation, which causes both breast and ovarian cancer, you can have your ovaries surgically removed to prevent ovarian cancer.
Several things. First, genetics...But unfortuntely there's nothing you can do about that. However, several lifestyle choices have been shown to be contributory: obesity and diets high in sugar and fats. Also, the longer your ovaries are "dormant", that is supressed with either birth control pills or pregnancy, the lower the chance of developing a cancer.

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How can I prevent ovarian cancer?

Difficult to do. Unfortunately, preventing ovarian cancer is difficult. Some risk factors include family history (having a genetic mutation called brca), never having children, and exposure to estrogen therapy. Thus, having children and avoiding estrogen will help decrease your risk.
You can't. But most people will say a moderate life style. Which doesn't help. If breast cancer or ovarian cancer runs in your family. Talk to you doctor if other screeening tests should be done.

Is there any way to prevent ovarian cancer?

Difficult to do. Unfortunately, short of having your ovaries removed (prophylactic oophorectomy), preventing ovarian cancer is difficult. Some risk factors include family history (having a genetic mutation called brca), never having children, and exposure to estrogen therapy. Thus, having children and avoiding estrogen will help decrease your risk.
There are no. Known environmental factors assocaited with ovarian cancer. Only genetic risk, and if brca 2 is found, bilateral oopherectomy is the suggestive treatment for prevention.

I've used baby powder a handful of times mostly after waxes to prevent chaffing. Is it only with regular, long term has ovarian cancer becomes a risk?

Low Risk. While Talc powder is a known risk factor, the prevalence of ovarian cancer is very low in the general population (Approximately 1.3 percent of women will be diagnosed with ovary cancer at some point during their lifetime). This cancer is not common. I would recommend stopping the use of talcum based powder if possible. Having kids, using birth control pills are protective factors! Dr M.

I was on the pill for over 10 years, is that helpful to prevent ovarian cancer? I was on birth control pills for over 10 years of my life, probably 21 years old to about 31, 32 years old. I just heard that the pill can prevent ovarian cancer up to 50% whi

I. I can understand your concern, but please do not restart the pills without talking with your gynecologist. After a certain age, birth control pills can be risky, including for women with any cardiovascular risk factors (for stroke, heart attack, etc), and especially in women who are smokers or if they happen to be overweight. Please see your doctor and have an examination and discuss your risk factors for oral contraceptives.

How is ovarian cancer detected?

A few ways. Often it's asymptomatic until it's well advanced. If there's any early symptoms it's going to be vague ones that ladies are plagued with anyway like bloating and pelvic pain and bladder irritation. Testing 1st involves a pelvic exam (a small mass will be hard to feel), an ultrasound, possibly an MRI. A ca125 is a blood test that's usually elevated in ovarian cancer, but other things elevate it too.
Ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is often found because a patient has persistent complaints of pain, bloating, urinary urgency or discomfort. There is no screening test. If a mass is found and a patient has an elevated ca 125 or a family history o breast or ovarian cancer, the patient is referred to a gynecologic oncologist for surgery.