Ovarian Cancer Causes
No History of Childbirth
Women who have never had children are more likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who have had children. In fact, the more children a woman has had, the less likely she is to develop ovarian cancer.
Personal History of Breast or Colon Cancer
Women who have had breast or colon cancer may have a greater chance of developing ovarian cancer than women who have not had either of these conditions.
Use of Fertility Drugs
Drugs that cause a woman to ovulate may slightly increase her chances of developing ovarian cancer. Researchers are still studying this possible association with ovarian cancer.
Use of Talc
Some studies suggest that women who have used talc in the genital area for many years may be at increased risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Use of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
Some evidence suggests that women who use HRT after menopause may have a slightly increased risk of developing ovarian cancer.
There is still much to learn about ovarian cancer and what causes it; however, several factors are known to increase the risk for developing it. Having one or more of these risk factors does not mean that a woman will definitely develop ovarian cancer, but the chances may be higher than average. Women who are concerned about ovarian cancer may want to talk with a healthcare provider who specializes in treating women with cancer, such as a:
- Gynecologic oncologist
- Medical oncologist.
The healthcare provider may be able to suggest ways to reduce the likelihood of developing this type of cancer and can plan an appropriate schedule for checkups.