Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ovarian cancer: Disease risk

Fourth leading cause of death among women

When ovarian cancer is a malignant tumor of the ovary (ovaries). In Germany are diagnosed each year about 8,000 women in it. This is the sixth most malignant tumor of women. However, the ovarian cancer is the fourth leading cause of death in women. This means that it leads to a relatively high incidence of death.

Risk Factors

The risk of developing ovarian cancer increases with age. The median age of onset is 58 years.

Other risk factors include:
  • Infertility
  • Genetic predisposition (presence of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which also play in the development of breast cancer an important role)
  • Belonging to the population of western and northern Europe or North America
Conversely, the prolonged administration may involve the anti-birth control some protection.

At 25 - 35 percent of the women involved both ovaries are affected by cancer. Often) it comes to ovarian cancer by ascites.

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