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What causes ovarian cancer?

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In brief: Causes of ovarian cancer

The exact reasons why you may develop ovarian cancer aren't fully understood at present.
However, there are some things that can make it more likely. It's more common in women who live in developed countries for example, and in those who have gone through the menopause. It’s also known that inheriting faulty genes called BRCA1 and BRCA2 increase the risk of ovarian cancer as well as breast cancer.

Other factors that may increase your risk of getting ovarian cancer include:
• certain types of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) – especially if you take them for longer than five years
• being overweight or obese
• having endometriosis or ovarian cysts
• smoking
• starting the menopause late


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Ovarian cancer is generally less common in women who have:
• used the contraceptive pill
• had children – the more children, the lower the risk
• breastfed their children
• had a hysterectomy or been sterilised

In brief: Causes of ovarian cancer

The exact reasons why you may develop ovarian cancer aren't fully understood at present.
However, there are some things that can make it more likely. It's more common in women who live in developed countries for example, and in those who have gone through the menopause. It’s also known that inheriting faulty genes called BRCA1 and BRCA2 increase the risk of ovarian cancer as well as breast cancer.

Other factors that may increase your risk of getting ovarian cancer include:
• certain types of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) – especially if you take them for longer than five years
• being overweight or obese
• having endometriosis or ovarian cysts
• smoking
• starting the menopause late


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Ovarian cancer is generally less common in women who have:
• used the contraceptive pill
• had children – the more children, the lower the risk
• breastfed their children
• had a hysterectomy or been sterilised
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