Is there any way to prevent ovarian cancer?

Dr. Michael Guy explains ovarian cancer prevention. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


There is not a cure for ovarian cancer, and no known way to prevent it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon (CDC). There are factors that can increase a woman’s risk for developing ovarian cancer, and it’s important for women to have regular check-ups with their gynecologist as part of their wellness plan, according to the CDC.

The American Cancer SocietyOff Site Icon (ACS) states that the following can decrease a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Childbirth
  • Hysterectomy or tubal ligation
  • Use of contraceptives

Women who have close family members (mother, daughter, sister) with a history of breast cancer may qualify for genetic testing to determine her own risk of the disease, reports the ACS.

For more information about ovarian cancer prevention, talk with your doctor.

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