- Family history of breast, ovarian or colorectal cancers
- Increased risk if your mother, sister or daughter has/had the disease
- Risk increases the more relatives you have with Ovarian cancer
- Not having children and/or not breastfeeding
- Women who have had children decrease their risk. This risk reduces even further with each child they carry
- Obese women (over 30 BMI) have higher risk
- Fertility drugs
- Some studies show that using the fertility drug Clomid for more than one year can increase your risk of developing Ovarian tumors.
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Women taking estrogen after menopause have an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer
- Age - specifically women who have gone through menopause
- Half of all Ovarian cancers are found in women over the age of 63
- Talcum powder
- Talcum powder applied directly to the genital area or on a sanitary napkin may be carcinogenic (cancer-causing) to the ovaries
These are not all of the risk factors, but something to get you thinking. I never thought about "risk factors" when it came to cancer. The obvious is smoking, but not all smokers get lung cancer and not everyone with lung cancer is/was a smoker.
More information can be found here:
Web MD. Risk Factors for Ovarian Cancer
ACS Ovarian Cancer Risk Factors
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