Rising up against ovarian cancer

Doctor and nurse with a patientIf a genetic predisposition puts you at higher risk, please discuss risk reduction and early detection and monitoring strategies with your medical provider. Based on your reproductive stage in life, you may want to consider some of these options:

  • Oral contraceptive use for a period of five years
  • Child-bearing and have first full-term pregnancies prior to age 25
  • Breast feeding your newborns
  • Active surveillance monitoring (see detection tests)
  • Preventive Surgery: salpingectomy (fallopian tube removal), oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries), hysterectomy (removal of the uterus and/or other reproductive organs)

Recent scientific findings indicate that almost 90% of ovarian cancers originate in the fallopian tubes. The American College of Obstetricians/Gynecologists recommends that all women undergoing pelvic or abdominal surgery should be offered the option to utilize preventive surgery to reduce their risk.