Risk factors

A risk factor is something that can increase your chances of developing a disease. While the presence of one or more risk factors may increase a woman's chance of developing ovarian cancer, it does not necessarily mean that she will get the disease. If you think you may be at risk, you should discuss it with your doctor.

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The main treatments for ovarian cancer are surgery and chemotherapy. If diagnosed with ovarian cancer ask to be referred to a gynecologic oncologist—a doctor who has been trained to treat cancers of a woman’s reproductive system. 

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All women are at risk for ovarian cancer. There is no way to know for sure if you will get ovarian cancer and there is no known way to prevent it.

​Know your normal and be sure to contact a physician if you notice any changes.

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Coping with Ovarian Cancer... Receiving a diagnosis of ovarian cancer from your doctor is just the beginning of a very personal and unique journey for you and your loved ones. This path can be scary at times, and will likely present a variety of emotional and physical ​challenges...


Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. Ovarian cancer develops when abnormal cells in the ovary (egg-releasing and hormone producing organs of the female reproductive tract) begin to multiply out of control and form a tumor. Ovarian cancer often has warning signs, but the earliest symptoms are vague and easy to dismiss.    

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About 1 in 79 women in the United States will develop ovarian cancer, and 1 in 109 will die from it.

Unfortunately, most women are not aware of the dangers or symptoms of ovarian cancer, and many do not realize they have a problem until it is too late. 

Ovarian cancer survival rates are much lower than other cancers that impact women. Only 50% of the women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer will survive five years after initial diagnosis due to the 

cancer being at an advanced stage at the time of diagnosis.

Early stage diagnosis is associated with an improved prognosis. We work daily to provide education and support services that assist to identify symptoms and combat the short and long-term effects of this horrific disease.

How to Maintain Emotional Wellness When You Have Ovarian Cancer...Many women may live with ovarian cancer for a number of years. That's why it's important to stay as physically and emotionally well as possible. A combination of exercise, such as walking or swimming, and other healthful habits...


Exercise May Cut Ovarian Cancer Risk​...Moderate exercise may reduce the risk of ovarian cancer, the leading cause of gynecological cancer death. The news comes from a Canadian study...