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Am I At Risk For Ovarian Cancer?

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Most cases of ovarian cancer occur at random, but a woman may be at greater risk if her mother, sister or daughter has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

There is really no way to know for sure if you're going to get ovarian cancer. Still, certain factors can make you more likely to get it than another woman. These are called risk factors. However, just because you have one or more risk factors doesn't necessarily mean you will get ovarian cancer. In fact, you can have all the risk factors and still not get ovarian cancer, or you can have no known risk factors and get it.

If you agree with any of the following bolded statements, you may be at an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. Some risk factors are out of your control, such as your age or family history. Others -- like your weight or taking hormones -- are factors you can control.

My mother or sister had ovarian, breast, or colon cancer

A mother or sister is considered a first-degree relative. If you have two or more first-degree relatives who have had ovarian cancer, this suggests that heredity may be a cause. If you have a family history of breast, ovarian, endometrial, or colon cancer, or genetic cancer syndromes such as Lynch syndrome, your family may have certain genetic mutations (such as BRCA genes)  that increase the risk for ovarian cancer. These types of ovarian cancer account for about 10% of ovarian cancer cases.

I have had breast or colon cancer

A personal history of breast, uterine, rectum, or colon cancer puts you at increased risk for ovarian cancer.

Cancers that mean you have a higher risk secondary to Lynch syndrome include colon, uterine, ovarian, and certain genitourinary and upper gastrointestinal cancers.

Mutations in the BRCA 1 or 2 genes place a woman at a higher risk for breast and ovarian cancer.

I am a woman older than age 60

The older you are, the greater your risk for getting ovarian cancer. A woman's risk for ovarian cancer rises with age and peaks during her 70s.

I've never had children

Women who have never borne children are at slightly increased risk for ovarian cancer.

I am obese

Being obese means having a body mass index greater than 30. (Use this tool to calculate your body mass index.) Obesity increases risk for ovarian cancer. The more excess weight you have, the more your risk is increased.

I used talcum powder

This is a controversial subject. Some studies show a relationship between ovarian cancer and use of talcum powder on the genital area. This may be because this powder once contained asbestos. For more than 20 years, the law has required that these powders be free of asbestos.

I have taken estrogen replacement therapy for many years

If you've used menopausal estrogen replacement therapy (taking estrogen alone, without progesterone) for more than 10 years, you may have a slightly increased risk of ovarian cancer.

I have used fertility drugs

If you've used fertility drugs, you may be at increased risk for ovarian cancer. Research studies have produced conflicting results.

I have endometriosis

If you have endometriosis, you may be at increased risk for ovarian cancer.

Broward Health Imperial Point is recognized for its excellent outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation. For more than 40 years, we have been professionally treating patients from Dade County, Broward County and Palm Beach County.

Broward Health Imperial Point works with patients to help return them to optimal function. The emphasis is on teaching patients to take responsibility for their improvement and understanding how to maintain and improve joint function over their lifetime.

Specialty Areas of Treatment in Orthopedics

  • Shoulder injuries: impingement, rotator cuff dysfunction, labral tears and instabilities
  • Knee injuries: patella femoral dysfunction, ligamentous sprains, meniscal tears, postoperative open and arthroscopic techniques
  • Total joint replacement: knee, hip, shoulder and ankle
  • Lumbo-pelvic treatments for disc disease and herniation, SI joint dysfunction and stenosis
  • Cervical spine disc disease and herniation, stenosis and acute wry neck
  • Hip arthroscopy
  • Frozen shoulder management
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation for the spine and extremities

Specialty Areas of Treatment in Geriatrics

  • Degenerative disc management for lumbar and cervical spine
  • Stenosis of the spine
  • After-fracture care
  • Joint replacement rehabilitation
  • Osteoporosis, vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty

Certified Practitioner in the McKenzie® Method

  • Treats spinal dysfunction and pain with an exercise- and posture-based program
  • Emphasizes patient understanding of problem movements and postures so patients can learn movements and ways to reduce their pain
  • Often eliminates the need for expensive and invasive treatment

For further information on the McKenzie Method® call 954-776-8830 or email a Broward Health Imperial Point therapist with questions.

Let the Broward Health Imperial Point team of dedicated healthcare professionals help you get back into action. The Rehabilitation Services Department is conveniently located on the first floor of the hospital with easy access through the hospital’s south entrance.

For more information regarding physical therapy, please call 954-776-8830. Prescriptions are required for evaluation by a physical therapist. Broward Health Imperial Point works with most insurance companies and accepts cash payments if no insurance is available. Need a doctor? Call the Broward Health Line at 954-759-7400.

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