Patients receiving care for ovarian cancer at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center have access to the latest advancements in cancer treatment from an experienced, caring team. We work with you to build an individualized treatment plan for your specific needs. Our doctors ensure you have the information, resources and support you need to understand your diagnosis and treatment options and make informed health care decisions.
It's not clear what causes ovarian cancer. A recent finding indicates that ovarian cancer may actually start in the fallopian tube rather than in the actual ovary. There are factors that may increase your risk of getting ovarian cancer.
A risk factor is anything that increases your chance of getting a disease. Some risk factors you can change, and others you can’t. With ovarian cancer, the following may increase your risk:
The most important risk factors for ovarian cancer are age and a family history of ovarian, colorectal or breast cancer.
Ovarian cysts are common in some women and rarely cancerous. This type of cyst usually goes unnoticed. However, if you’ve had any changes in your health, talk to a health care professional to be sure you get the proper diagnosis and treatment.
Although you can’t prevent ovarian cancer, there are certain things that may lower your risk, including: