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Ovarian cancer occurs more frequently under the following conditions:
- History of ovarian cancer in your immediate family (more info...)
- Age (over 50 years)
- No children (the greater the number of pregnancies, the lower the risk for developing ovarian cancer)
- Past history of breast cancer
- Race-ovarian cancer occurs 50% more frequently in white women than African American women.
- Jewish descent
- Hormone replacement therapy in post-menopausal women very slightly increases the risk for ovarian cancer
- Infertility drug use- a nearly 3-fold increase in risk was found, with a substantially greater risk in those who fail to conceive. However, this is not a consistent finding and most of these "carcinomas" are borderline tumors.
- High fat diet is associated with higher rates of ovarian cancer in industrialized nations, but the link remains unproven.
- Talc-use of cosmetic talc in feminine hygiene sprays or in sanitary napkins has been suggested as a risk factor. However, this is not a consistent finding.