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Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31824b4611
Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian Cancer: Etiology, Risk Factors, and Epidemiology

HUNN, JESSICA MD; RODRIGUEZ, GUSTAVO C. MD

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Abstract

Little is known regarding the early aspects of ovarian carcinogenesis. As a consequence, the identification of women at risk for the disease is based primarily on clinical grounds, with family history being the most important risk factor. In this review, we will discuss the various hypotheses regarding ovarian etiology and pathogenesis. In addition, we will discuss the epidemiology of ovarian cancer, including hereditary, reproductive, hormonal, inflammatory, dietary, surgical, and geographic factors that influence ovarian cancer risk.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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