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What are the risks of ovarian cancer in women after menopause?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Accurately predicting who will get cancer is a risky business. Without a crystal ball, risk factors are all we have. If you are older, have never been pregnant, have a family history of ovarian cancer, or a gene mutation (BRCA), you are at higher risk. If you take hormone replacement therapy for more than 10 years, you are at higher risk for ovarian cancer if you do not take aspirin with the HT (we recommend you talk to your doc to make sure you consider aspirin if you use HT). Keep in mind, though, that risk factors are just clues, not guarantees.

The risk of ovarian cancer increases with age, so women over 50 are more at risk. Also, a family history of ovarian cancer, or if you carry the BRCA gene increases your risk for developing the disease. If you haven't ever been pregnant, your risk increases. The specific cause of ovarian cancer is unknown, but these risks increase your chances of developing ovarian cancer.
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