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Who is more prone to ovarian cancer?   

      Ovarian cancer rarely develops in pre-menopausal women, and the large majority of ovarian cancers develop in women aged between 50 and 75 years. The chance of developing ovarian cancer increases with age and the risk of development of this disease is highest between ages of 75 and 79.

      The chance of developing ovarian cancer greatly varies depending on the ethnic background. Many of the factor related to race may be because of the different environmental factors like culture, geography and socioeconomic issues related to each ethnic group and hard to separate in analysis. In the United States the ovarian cancer incidence is highest in Caucasian women which is significantly higher compared to African American women.
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      Highest rates of ovarian cancer are found in industrialized countries and the lowest rates are found in the underdeveloped countries. Japan is a notable exception to this rule and has a low rate of ovarian cancer, despite industrialization. It has been suggested that the difference in ovarian cancer between the industrialized nations and underdeveloped nations may be because of the family size and number of children. Jewish population who have migrated form Europe has a significantly higher risk of developing ovarian cancer. This population has a higher incidence of mutation in genes called BRCA1 and BRCA2. This population has higher incidence of breast cancer development along with increased risk of ovarian cancer. You may read more about BRCA1 and BRCA2 in the section dealing with this topic.

Who is more prone to ovarian cancer?

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