There are some things associated with ovarian cancer that can increase the risk of disease. These include but are not limited to:
– The history of ovarian cancer in your family.
– The use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene or bandages has been suggested as a risk factor. However, this is not a consistent finding.
– Age (over 50 years). It mostly occurs after menopause, which usually occurs around the age of 51.
– More than 50% of all ovarian cancers occur in females older than age 65.
– No children (a large number of pregnancies, the lower the risk for developing ovarian cancer).
– The past history of breast or ovarian cancer.
– Hormone replacement therapy in postmenopausal women very slightly increases the risk of ovarian cancer.
– Infertility drug use- an almost 3-fold increase in risk was found, with substantially greater risk in those who failed to conceive. However, this is not a consistent finding and mostly "carcinoma" is a borderline tumor.
– The high-fat diet was associated with higher rates of ovarian cancer in industrialized countries, but the link remains unproven.
It is estimated by experts in the field that the birth control pills, protective effects of pregnancy, and breastfeeding are very much related to the suppression of ovulation, i.e., fewer ovulatory cycles that a woman is complete, the lower its probability of developing ovarian cancer.