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Causes of Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is a serious disease. If we know the risk factors and causes then we can minimize the risk of ovarian cancer. Heredity also plays a role in  ovarian cancer. Know more about the risk factors.

Is ovarian cancer hereditary

For a woman with no family history of ovarian cancer, the chances of developing it are 1.4%.  However, if one member of the family has been affected, the chances of getting this disease rise to 6%.  And if 2 or 3 close relatives have had the disease, the family may be part of the hereditary cancer syndrome.

Is age an important factor

Although this disease is more common in women over the age of 40 and post-menopausal women, this disease has been known to strike the much younger women also, even 18-year olds.

Does diet play a role

There does appear to be a link between ovarian cancer and diets that are heavy in saturated fats.  If you are in a high-risk category it is advisable to cut down on red meats and dairy products, especially whole fat milk.

Is there a link between fertility drugs and ovarian cancer

According to research conducted by the University of Washington, women who took the fertility drug 'clomiphene' for a year or longer were 11 times more likely to contract this disease.  However, this could also indicate that the infertility itself was a cause of ovarian cancer.  Much more research needs to be done in this area in order to draw conclusive links.

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Sakshi.8 years ago
i think its very important for every women to regularly go for check ups and avoid such diseases in its early stages itself.
jay.8 years ago
i did everything-reg ckups,good diet,no history,butihave stage4 in remission.have a ca-125 blood test.this is the only true way to detect ovarian cancer.
Das.8 years ago
does one loose weight? i have gained a lot put have a clear pap and clear ultrasound but have severe distension , am worried!!!!!!!!
SABABD.8 years ago
to detect cancer it is neccessary to do pap-smear check up every year without forgetting.
in early years doctors never suggested all these test coz of which i lost my mother.
i would like everyone to know that never miss ur pap smear test a year.
chits.8 years ago
prognosis of ovarian cancer
Kuldip Mishra.8 years ago
how many pap smears are being done?
Kuldip Mishra.8 years ago
why gynaecologists still uses cotton swabs as cell sampling tool? which often gives false negative reports.
i suffer from poly cystic ovarian disease (pcod)and not if my cysts are benign or malignant. i am not on any medications and my periods though regular have been ongoing for more than 2 weeks now. i consulted with my doctor who told me that i was probably undergoing stress and she did a couple of tests but nothing unusual was noticed and she told me it was probably vaginal bleeding due to stress. after two months now the bleeding has returned only to be occuring for more than 3 weeks and they are unable to find the cause. i am very concerned about my health. is there any solution. i have taken so many tests that i have no count of them including the pregnancy test and all have been negative for any evidence of disorders.

if any of the doctors on the panel can answer my query i will be deeply greatful.


Chitra.8 years ago
is the biopsy that is mentioned for determining if the cysts are malignant very painful. how is it performed?
Mrs.S.Gupta.8 years ago
i am under treatment for ovarian cyst for the last seven months by a homeopathic consultant. my period is regular and continues for 1 week with excess bleeding. is the above desease curable if i continue with homeo-medicines for long. please advice. is any ultrasound test is necessary now to know the status of grwoth of cyst and when please also advice.
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