Health Tip: Factors that Increase Risk of Ovarian Cancer

(HealthDay News) -- About 3 percent of cancer cases that affect women are ovarian cancer, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists notes.

The organization says the following factors increase a woman's risk of cancer of the ovary:

  • Being 40 or older.
  • Being white.
  • Having never been pregnant, or having a first pregnancy at age 30 or older.
  • Having a family history of colorectal, breast or ovarian cancer.
  • Having had breast cancer yourself.
  • Having gone through menopause at age 50 or older.
  • Having taken fertility medication.

-- Diana Kohnle

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