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What are secondary risk factors for ovarian cancer?

Jean A. Hurteau, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
The lifetime number of ovulations has been shown to be a risk factor for ovarian cancer. Doctors think that ovarian cancer may be related to inflammatory mediators. Women who have had endometriosis may be at risk due to the inflammatory process that accompanies the endometriosis.  Inflammation of the pelvic organs from mediators transmitted through the fallopian tubes and pelvic infections can by risk factors for ovarian cancer. Some of the fertility drugs are also thought to be risk factors because they promote and stimulate ovulation.

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