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We advance ovarian cancer research while supporting women and their families.

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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 Jan's story and use #OvarianStory to share your own.


Latest News

  • Adjuvant Chemotherapy Does Not Lead to Better Survival In Certain Ovarian Cancers

    (October 13, 2017) The National Comprehensive Cancer Network currently recommends that early stage Ovarian Clear Cell Cancers be treated with adjuvant chemotherapy, or therapy given after the primary treatment as a way to lower the risk of recurrence. However, a retrospective study published recently in Annals of Oncology found that treating stage I endometrioid epithelial… More

  • Report from 2017 AACR Special Conference Addressing Critical Questions in Ovarian Cancer Research and Treatment

    (October 13, 2017) Every other year, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) brings together ovarian cancer researchers from around the world to share knowledge and encourage multi-disciplinary collaboration. At this year’s conference, held October 1-4 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a focus on critical questions led to energetic discussions about ways to take information from basic… More

  • OCRFA’s Response to Trump Administration’s Birth Control Coverage Rollback

    (Oct. 11, 2017) Last week, the Trump Administration issued a regulation to immediately allow employers to deny insurance coverage for birth control on the basis of their own moral or religious objections, undermining the landmark benefit under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that guarantees coverage for contraception without co-pays or cost-sharing. Audra Moran, President and… More


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