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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.

Share Your #OvarianStory

Every ovarian cancer survivor's voice has power. Hear Emily's story and use #OvarianStory to share your own.


Latest News

  • Discovery of New Gene Mutation That Increases Ovarian Cancer Risk, Passed Down Through Paternal Lineage

    (February 22, 2018) Researchers at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, including Kunle Odunsi, MD, PhD, senior author of the study and current OCRFA Scientific Advisory Committee member, have discovered a mutation of an unidentified gene that increases both the risk of early onset ovarian cancer and prostate cancer. Using the Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry at… More

  • US Preventive Services Task Force: Ovarian Cancer Screening Not Effective for Low-Risk Women

    (February 14, 2018) Today the US Preventive Task Force updated their recommendation on ovarian cancer screening, reaffirming their 2012 position that screening average risk women for ovarian cancer is not effective in reducing mortality from the disease. Furthermore, they stated that screening for ovarian cancer carries certain risk and harms that may be substantial, and… More

  • World Cancer Day is February 4

    On World Cancer Day, the world comes together to defeat cancer. Ovarian cancer is a worldwide disease. The cure starts right here. At OCRFA, we’re making progress every day toward a world without ovarian cancer. We’re funding top scientists performing the most innovative research in the field. We’re helping women and their families face challenges… More


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