What is My Personal Risk of Ovarian Cancer?
What is the risk of ovarian cancer: Women are at risk of developing cancer after a certain age and nearly about one in 100 women is at a risk 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 cancer. Carefully read the information given below to know whether you are at risk.
Let us first try to understand the risk of cancer any woman can have. To be more precise, the levels of risk can be average, slightly above average, moderate and high.
What is the average risk of ovarian cancer?
The following types of women may 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.
- 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.
Women who have undergone genetic testing and the results showed changes in BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene sequence. Women falling under this category are at increased risk.
Women with Lynch syndrome are also at high risk of developing cancer (uterine, breast and ovarian).