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Ovarian Cancer Surgery

Ovarian Cancer Surgery - How to prevent?

Ovarian Cancer Surgery - Causes and Risk Factors

In most cases, the reason why an ovarian cancer develops is not known. However, there are some factors which increase your risk.

Factors That Increase Your Risk

  • Your risk increases as you get older. Most women who get ovarian cancer are 50 years old and above, but younger women can get it too.
  • If you have never had children or been pregnant, your risk of developing ovarian cancer may increase.
  • Having other cancers. If you have had breast cancer, colon cancer, or cancer of the uterus (womb) or rectum, your risk of getting ovarian cancer may increase.
  • Family history of ovarian cancer.

Factors That Decrease Your Risk

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Oral contraceptives provide some protection from ovarian cancer. This protection seems to continue for many years after stopping the pill.
  • Sterilisation or hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) may reduce the risk slightly.

Ovarian Cancer Surgery - Preparing for surgery

Ovarian Cancer Surgery - Post-surgery care

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