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Understanding Ovarian Cancer -- Prevention

How Do I Prevent Ovarian Cancer?

Depending on your stage of life and risk for ovarian cancer, you should discuss with your doctor the pros and cons of using birth control pills. Low-dose birth control pills are considered protective. If you have completed your family, consider a tubal ligation, which has been reported to lower risk of ovarian cancer. Some studies suggest that women who take hormone replacement therapy after menopause may have an increased risk of ovarian cancer.

If you are at high risk for ovarian cancer, ask your doctor about available tests for ovarian cancer screening, including blood work, transvaginal ultrasound, and recto-vaginal exam.

In women at high risk for ovarian cancer who have completed childbearing, removal of the ovaries should be discussed with your doctor.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Trina Pagano, MD on March 09, 2015

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