What causes ovarian cancer?

Updated: Aug 10, 2020
  • Author: Andrew E Green, MD; Chief Editor: Yukio Sonoda, MD  more...
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The precise cause of ovarian cancer is unknown, but several risk and contributing factors have been identified.

Hippisley-Cox and Coupland developed an algorithm to determine risk of ovarian cancer in women with and without symptoms. [14] In their cohort study, 10% of women with the highest predicted risk had 63% of all ovarian cancers diagnosed over the next 2 years.


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