Cancer starts when cells in the body begin to grow out of control. Cells in nearly any part of the body can become cancer, and can spread to other areas of the body.
Ovarian cancer is a disease in which malignant or cancerous cells are found in the ovaries. An ovary is one of two small, almond-shaped organs located on each side of the uterus that store eggs or germ cells and produce female hormones estrogen and progesterone.
In women age 35-74, Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer death, and it’s responsible for more deaths than all other reproductive cancers. There is a 1 in 75 chance that a woman will develop ovarian cancer in her lifetime, and a 1 in 100 chance of dying from this malignant disease. It’s not exactly clear what causes ovarian cancer, but 10% of all ovarian cancer cases are believed to be a result of a mutated gene.
Based on the latest research, published in the Journal of The American Cancer Institute reveals that women who have an anomaly in their BRIP1 gene face a 3.4 times bigger risk of developing ovarian cancer. The study was conducted by a number of institutions among which the University of Southern California and the University of Cambridge.
Experts in Britain who conducted the research report that around 18 out of 1000 women develop ovarian cancer in their lifetime, but the risk grows to 58 out of 1000 for women who have this anomaly in their BRIP1 gene. Or in other words, 58 of 1000 women who have this anomaly will develop ovarian cancer in their lifetime.
That research will provide better explanations and maybe we can understand the real cause of the ovarian cancer and possibilities to find prevention strategies and what we really hope a cure.
Though this was the findings that were found, further research is still needed to really understand the cause of ovarian cancer.
If you are experiencing something unusual in your body, better have it checked right away.