What are the causes of ovarian cancer?

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.
Unknown, but... Anything that stimulates the ovaries can theoretically increase risk for ovarian cancer, whether fertility drugs or the constant stimulation of uninterrupted monthly cycles in women who never get pregnant. However, the risk is low. There is no good screening test for ovarian cancer, so just pay attention to your body and let your doctor know of any abdominal discomfort. And try not to worry!

Related Questions

What genes cause hereditary ovarian cancer?

BRCA 1 and 2. The breast-ovarian cancer (brca 1 and 2) genes are the only ones so far proven to cause susceptibility to ovarian cancer (as high as 50% lifetime risk for ovarian, 85% for breast cancer if you have a mutation. Other ovarian cancer susceptibility genes may be identified by ongoing research. Read more...
BRCA 1 and BRCA 2. Your healthcare provider needs to be aware of your family history to be able to assess risk of certain cancers and to determine if genetic testing is appropriate. Having a brca mutation increases your risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Being aware of your cancer risk allows the opportunity to take action to prevent cancer. Read more...

Why does ovarian cancer cause the symptom of feeling full quickly?

Fluid or ascites. Ovarian cancer is notorious for making fluid in the belly by irritating the lining of the organs ( its like a cling wrap around the organs-known as peritoneum). As the cancer grows, there is more fluid which presses on the stomach and other organs and gives a feeling of bloating and early satiety. Read more...

Can ovarian cancer be caused by enviornmental factors like chemicals?

Possibly. We do not know the precise answer to this question. However, it is reasonable to suspect that there may be a relationship in some cases at least. For instance, we know that women who have tubal sterilization for birth control are at decreased risk of developing ovarina cancer. It is thought that this may be due to blocking of environmental chemicals from reaching the ovary through the tube. Read more...

I have used baby powder for years & now they say it cause ovarian cancer what should I look for if I have it?

Stop worrying. "They" are lawyers trying to make money for their clients. There's no real science here. These claims have been around for four decades and most of us still think they're fake -- the result of recall bias. Ovarian cancer is mostly an older woman's disease in any case. If you let internet fears limit you, you'll end up unable to do anything with your life at all. Be discerning. Read more...