9 Ovarian Cancer Risk Factors You Should Know About

Ovarian cancer has often been called the "silent killer." Although experts are making progress in identifying ovarian cancer symptoms, early warning signs can be vague—like abdominal and pelvic pain, bloating, urinary frequency, feeling full quickly while eating, fatigue, upset stomach—and hard to differentiate from our body's usual quirks. Plus, in many cases, by the time we have identifiable symptoms, the cancer may have progressed to a later, harder-to-treat stage. That's why it's important to know the ovarian cancer risk factors that may affect you. Read on to reduce as many risk factors as you can, then keep a watchful eye on the symptoms above if you have risk factors outside of your control.

9 Ovarian Cancer Risk Factors You Should Know About:

  1. You are not on birth control
  2. You are over 60
  3. Your mom had ovarian cancer
  4. You have mutations in the BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 genes
  5. You have never been pregnant
  6. You have never breastfed
  7. You are low on Vitamin D
  8. You smoke
  9. You are overweight
Knowing the signs of ovarian cancer can save lives. If you or someone you love experiences the B-E-A-Utiful symptoms for more than two weeks, please seek your medical professional.
B – Bloating
E – Eating, low appetite or feeling full quickly
A – Abdominal pain
U – Urinary urgency or frequency change


Reference: Birch, Jenna. "9 Ovarian Cancer Risk Factors You Should Know About."Fitness Magazine. Web. 15 Sept. 2015.

Bryan Babbitt
Bryan Babbitt


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