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What Can I Do to Reduce My Risk?

There is no known way to prevent ovarian cancer. But these things may lower a woman’s chance of getting ovarian cancer.

  • Having used birth control pills.*
  • Having had a tubal ligation (getting your tubes tied), both ovaries removed, or a hysterectomy (an operation in which the uterus, and sometimes the cervix, is removed).*
  • Having given birth.*
  • Breastfeeding. Some studies suggest that women who breastfeed for a year or more may have a modestly reduced risk of ovarian cancer.*

* While these things may help reduce the chance of getting ovarian cancer, they are not recommended as ways to prevent ovarian cancer. Risks and benefits are associated with each. Talk to your doctor about ways to reduce your risk.

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