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Does the risk of ovarian cancer increase with age?

David A. Fishman, MD
Gynecologic Oncology
Less than 15% of ovarian cancers occur in women younger than 50 years of age, and many malignancies in women less than 25 years are non-epithelial, usually germ cell malignancies. The incidence of ovarian cancer rapidly increases after the age of 50. For example, the rate in women 60 to 64 years of age is more than double the rate in women 45 to 49 years of age. The incidence peaks between 70 to 74 years of age. However, in women with inherited BRCA (a tumor suppressor gene) mutations, ovarian cancer typically occurs earlier than in the general population, and the incidence approaches 40%.

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