What are the ovarian cancer protective factors?
A risk factor is one that changes the chances of suffering from a disease such as, in this case, cancer. But, and a protective factor? Contrary to a risk factor, a protection factor is all that situation, context or characteristic that decreases the probability of a risk; in this case of suffering from ovarian cancer. Some protective factors of ovarian cancer are:
- Breastfeeding – Breastfeeding may low the risk of ovarian cancer.
- Childbearing status – Ovarian cancer risk declines with every childbirth (multiple births).
- Get active – Stay active and practice moderate regular physical activity.
- Preventive gynecologic surgery – A tubal ligation (tying the fallopian tubes) or hysterectomy (removing the uterus but not the ovaries) reduces the risk of ovarian cancer.
- Eat healthy – Keep a low-fat diet and choose healthy food.
- Intrauterine device (IUD) – The use of IUD.
- Oral contraceptives – Use oral contraceptives (birth control pills).
American Cancer Society: www.cancer.org
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