Teal Talk Day: What To Know If Ovarian Cancer Runs In Your Family

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Additional Risk Factors For Ovarian Cancer

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There are additional risk factors associated with ovarian cancer that are not within a patient’s control. However, if these apply to you, inform your doctor so that they can monitor your health and take appropriate action.

  • Early or late first menstruation. Women who started their period at a young age or late age might have a higher risk of ovarian cancer. Women typically start menstruation between the ages of 10 and 16.
  • Endometriosis. Women who have endometriosis face a higher risk of ovarian cancer.
  • Never having been pregnant. Women who have had children have a lower risk of ovarian cancer than women who have not.

Ovarian cancer is one of the silent killers of women, but Teal Talk day exists so that we can break the silence. Empowering yourself with knowledge on your ovarian cancer risk is one of your best weapons in the fight against ovarian cancer.

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