Ovarian Cancer - Are You at Risk?

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What Can I Do to Reduce My Risk of Ovarian Cancer?

There is no known way to prevent ovarian cancer, but some things are associated with a lower chance of getting it. There is no known way to prevent ovarian cancer, but these things are associated with a lower chance of getting ovarian cancer—

  • Having used birth control pills for five or more years.
  • Having had a tubal ligation (getting your tubes tied), both ovaries removed, or a hysterectomy (an operation in which the uterus, and sometimes the cervix, is removed).
  • Having given birth.
  • Breastfeeding. Some studies suggest that women who breastfeed for a year or more may have a modestly reduced risk of ovarian cancer.

Talk to your doctor about ways to reduce your risk. While these things may help reduce the chance of getting ovarian cancer, they are not recommended for everybody, and risks and benefits are associated with each. For instance, birth control pills can increase your chance of getting breast cancer. Although you may be able to lower your risk, it does not mean you will not get cancer.

What are the Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian cancer may cause the following signs and symptoms—

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Additonal Symptoms may include:
  • Vaginal bleeding (particularly if you are past menopause), or discharge from your vagina that is not normal for you.
  • A change in your bathroom habits, such as more frequent or urgent need to urinate and/or constipation.

Pay attention to your body, and know what is normal for you. If you have unusual vaginal bleeding, see a doctor right away. If you have any of the other signs for two weeks or longer and they are not normal for you, see a doctor. They may be caused by something other than cancer, but the only way to know is to see a doctor.

Use our Symptoms Diaries below to track possible symptoms over a two-week timespan. Gynecologic Cancer Symptoms Diary [PDF-114KB] 

Additional Information

For additional information, please visit these sites:


OCRA (Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance)

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