Factors that Reduce the Risk of Ovarian Cancer

Eugene E. Houchins III is the president and founder of American Life Fund Corp, an Atlanta-based settlement company that helps clients get the most from their life insurance. One of Eugene E. Houchins III’s critical interests is the prevention of cancer, which is still the second leading cause of death in the United States.

There is no way to prevent cancer entirely, but there are a few protective factors against ovarian cancer that the National Cancer Institute has identified. People who have given birth, breastfed, or had their fallopian tubes closed have statistically lower rates of ovarian cancer.

While not everyone can choose to give birth to reduce their risk of cancer, having surgery to remove or close (often called “tying”) the fallopian tubes is associated with decreased ovarian cancer risk. In cases where ovarian cancer is highly likely, the individual might choose to have the fallopian tubes and ovaries completely removed in an alternative procedure called a risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy.

This surgery causes infertility for obvious reasons and induces early menopause, meaning that only those who are certain they do not wish to have children in the future should consider it as an option. Oral contraception (“the pill”) has also been linked to a lower risk of ovarian cancer.