What is My Personal Risk of Ovarian Cancer?

Women are at risk for ovarian cancer after a certain age and nearly about one in 100 women are at risk of developing ovarian cancer in their lifetime. The risk augments further for women who have a personal history and familial history of ovarian cancer. In addition, there are other risk factors as well, which, in addition to the former risk factors help your doctor to determine the overall risk of developing ovarian cancer. Carefully read the information given below to know whether you are at risk.

Let us understand the level of risk any woman can have. To be more precise, the levels of risk can be average, slightly above average, moderate and high.

Average Risk

The following types of women will come under this type of risk category:

Women without any family or personal history of ovarian cancer.

Women without any personal or family history of breast or ovarian cancer or both.

Women who have never taken any hormone replacement therapy.

Women who have had previous pregnancies.

Slightly above average Risk

Women who have had infertility issues.

Women who have used medicines to get pregnancy.

Women who have had a past history of endometriosis.

Women who took HRT for managing menopausal symptoms.

Women who have had a past history of breast cancer after age 40.

Moderate Risk

Women whose mothers, sisters, or daughters have had ovarian cancer.

Women who had developed breast cancer before age 50.

Women who have one or more close blood relatives with breast cancer before age 50 or ovarian cancer at any age.

High Risk

 Women who have undergone genetic testing and the results showed changes in BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene sequence. The women falling under this category are at increased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.

Women with lynch syndrome are at increased risk of developing uterine, breast and ovarian cancer.