However, there are some risk factors that can increase the risk of getting this disease.
The post here provides information about causes of ovarian cancer and its risk factors.
Ovarian Cancer Causes
Like several other types of cancers it is unclear what exactly causes the ovarian cancer. Scientists are still looking to find the reasons of these abnormal mutations and suggest that the cause can be inherited or due to acquired genetic changes. These changes can take place during the life period of women.
Ovarian Cancer Risk Factors
There are no specific known causes of ovarian cancer however; few risk factor can act as a triggers of the cancer.
Cancer can occur in any age; however, it is more commonly seen in women of age 50 and above.
Inherited genetic mutation
The ovarian cancer causes can include hereditary mutation also. The genes that increase the risk of breast cancer are breast cancer gene 1 and breast cancer gene 2 (BRCA1 and BRCA2). These increase the risk of ovarian cancer as well.
Replacement of estrogen hormone
Women who undertake estrogen HRT (hormone replacement therapy, especially when the high doses are taken for a long period) have high risk of ovarian cancer.
Start and end of the menstruation cycle
The girls who start their menstruation before the age of 12 and the women who go through the menopause after the age of 52, both are at high risk of having ovarian cancer.
Women who never got pregnant in their fertile years have increased risk of having ovarian cancer.
Some studies show that the women who take the fertility drugs for more than a year develop risk of having the ovarian cancer. The risk increases in the women who do not get pregnant while they were on these drugs.
Smoking and alcohol
Smoking and alcohol have no direct influence on the ovarian cancer however; these affect the cancer of mucinous (part of the group of ovarian neoplasms (abnormal growth of tissues) type.
Studies show that the women who are obese (have body mass index about 30) have high risk of this and other cancers.