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Know Your Risks

About 20 to 25 percent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer have a hereditary tendency to develop the disease.

Learn about your risks

Risk Factors

Many factors can increase or decrease a woman's risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Increases Risk

  • Family history of breast, ovarian or colon cancer
  • Genetic mutations like BRCA
  • Post-menopausal
  • Increased age

Decreases Risk

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Use of oral contraceptives

Know the Symptoms

  • Bloating
  • Difficulty Eating
  • Pelvic / Abdominal Pain
  • Urinary Frequency

If these symptoms occur for more than 2 weeks and these symptoms are new or unusual for you, see a gynecologist and ask about ovarian cancer. Research shows that seeing a gynecologic oncologist for surgery and treatment significantly improves outcomes.

OCRFA Advocacy Day

OCRFA and our amazing advocates brought #TealAction to Capitol Hill, highlighting the need for increased ovarian cancer research funding and support at the federal level. Together, we are the voice of the ovarian cancer community.

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Latest News

  • Analgesic Use Has Positive Effect in Ovarian Cancer Patients

    (July 30, 2018) Recently, two retrospective studies were published about the effects of analgesics, or pain relievers, on ovarian cancer. The information is actually a culmination of two studies, both of which have led researchers to believe that there is an association between regular use of analgesics and both reduced risk of, and increased survival… More

  • What You Need to Know About Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

    Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance provides information based on medical research and best practices. Research regarding a connection between the use of talcum powder and increased ovarian cancer risk is inconclusive. The verdict of a recent trials regarding talcum powder will not change the information that Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance provides to women about… More

  • Denmark Study Shows Assisted Reproduction Does Not Increase Risk of Ovarian Cancer

    (July 12, 2018) A study involving 58,472 women between 1994 and 2015 concluded that assisted reproductive treatment, or ART, did not lead to an increased risk of ovarian cancer. Originally it was thought that the hormones used in ART would increase ovarian activity, which would in turn increase one’s risk of ovarian cancer. However, data… More


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