Factors that can decrease the risk of the development of ovarian cancer
– The more pregnancies a woman has, the less is the risk of ovarian cancer.
– If ovulation is inhibited, the risk of ovarian cancer decreases. When an egg is released from the ovary, its epithelial layer can be damaged, and as a result the “good” cells start to divide in order to repair the tear. This cell division can initiate the formation and spreading of the malignant cells.
– It is proven that the intake of contraceptives can decrease the risk of ovarian cancer
– The longer the breastfeeding period, the lower the risks
– Tying the fallopian tubes can also reduce the risk of ovarian cancer
– Surgically removing some parts or all of the uterus (aka hysterectomy) can also lower the risk
– If ovaries are surgically removed, then there is no risk of ovarian cancer to develop. Nonetheless there are rare cases where ovarian cancer can develop in some of the embryonic remains of ovarian formations – this is also known as “primary peritoneal carcinoma”.