Ovarian Cancer Risk Factors

Risk Factors for Ovarian Cancer

  • Family history: Women with a family history of ovarian and/or breast cancer may have a BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation, which significantly increases the risk of ovarian cancer.
  • Childbirth: Never being pregnant is a risk factor.
  • Infertility: Women who have a history of infertility are at increased risk.

Reducing Your Risk

Although we don’t know how to prevent ovarian cancer yet, there are certain things that may lower a woman’s risks:

  • Take oral contraceptives
  • Become pregnant
  • Have a tubal ligation (surgical sterilization procedure)

Take the time to discuss your own risks with your health care provider who can best advise you on the screening exams and risk reduction strategies that are right for you.