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Ovarian Cancer Risk Factors

Ovarian cancer has no single method of prevention, however, there are still steps that can be taken to help decrease one’s likelihood of developing ovarian cancer. 

Three factors are weighted more highly when assessing risk for developing ovarian cancer:

  • Age
    • Women over 50 have a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer
  • Family History
    • Risk for ovarian cancer increases if a first-degree relative has previously been diagnosed with it.
  • Genetics
    • A small percentage of women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer due to a genetic mutation. 

A regular check-up with your doctor can help you better assess possible ovarian cancer risks.

If you don’t have a primary care physician, call 1-800-DOCTORS or visit for a free physician referral.

Get to know Dr. Kristina McCain, gynecologist with Women’s Health Specialists of Middle Tennessee. 


To schedule an appointment with Dr. McCain, call 615.565.6872. 

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