Ovarian Cancer (cont.)
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What Increases Your Risk
A risk factor is anything that increases your chance of getting a disease such as cancer. The main risk factors for ovarian cancer include:
But most women who get ovarian cancer do not have these risk factors.
Ovarian cancer most often affects postmenopausal women. You may also be more likely to get this cancer if:
Some things that lower a woman's risk for ovarian cancer include:
If you have a strong family history of ovarian or breast cancer, you may want to talk with your doctor or a genetic counselor about having a blood test to look for BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene changes.
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