Can ovarian cancer be prevented?
Scientists know of some things that can raise a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer, but these don’t explain all cases. Right now, doctors and scientists do not know of a way to prevent ovarian cancer.
Things that may increase a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer include:
- Increasing age
- Family history
- History of breast cancer
- Hormone replacement therapy
Some things that may prevent ovarian cancer include:
- Use of oral contraceptives
- Tubal ligation (having the fallopian tubes tied or blocked)
- Removal of ovaries and fallopian tubes
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