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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

  • White Blood Cells Found in High Grade Ovarian Cancer May Point to Survival Outcomes

    (October 20, 2017) An international, large scale study may have found a link between high-grade ovarian cancer and a type of white blood cell known as a tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte. Recently published in JAMA Oncology, the article from the Ovarian Tumor Tissue Analysis Consortium discussed the study, which involved about 5,500 patients, 3,196 of whom had… More

  • OCRFA Funded Study Discovers 3 Key Genes in Prevention and Treatment of BRCA1 and BRCA2 Tumors

    BRCA1 and BRCA2 are among the most frequently mutated genes in ovarian cancer. Studies conducted in the past two decades have shown that BRCA1 and BRCA2 play an essential role in protecting DNA from lesions that can lead to tumor formation. However, the factors that cause DNA lesions in BRCA1- and BRCA2-deficient cells have, until… More

  • 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


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