Women's Health

Possible Connection Between IVF and Ovarian Cancer Explored

It's important to be aware of risk factors

A risk factor is any factor that affects your probability of developing a disease like cancer. Different cancers have different risk factors. Moreover, some risk factors, such as smoking, can be changed, while others, such as advancing age or family history, cannot. Researchers have discovered several risk factors that may increase your risk of developing ovarian cancer and they include:

  • Getting older
  • Being overweight
  • Having children later in life
  • Never having given birth
  • Taking hormone therapy after menopause
  • Having a family history of ovarian cancer, breast cancer or colorectal cancer
  • Having had breast cancer
  • Having a family cancer syndrome

Nevertheless, advancing age and genetic factors (such as inherited mutation of the two BRCA genes) remain the most well-known and clearly associated risk factors of developing ovarian cancer.