Lesbian Ovarian Cancer Risk No Higher Than That for Straight Women

By on Saturday, March 1st, 2008

A woman’s risk of ovarian cancer increases with age as more than 80 percent of cases of ovarian cancer occur in women over the age of 50 years. Hereditary factors can also add to the risk.

The good news is that there is no evidence that lesbians are at increased risk of ovarian cancer. However, research has shown that having children and breastfeeding may have a protective effect against the disease, according to Australian National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre director Dr Helen Zorbas.

“The greater the number of pregnancies, the greater the protection,” Zorbas said. “The data on the incidence of ovarian cancer has not been broken down according to sexuality.”


• abdominal bloating

• abdominal or back pain

• appetite loss or feeling full

• changes in toilet habits

• unexplained weight gain or loss

• indigestion or heartburn

• fatigue

See you doctor or clinic if you have any concerns.

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