Reproductive risk factors for mucinous and non-mucinous epithelial ovarian cancer

Epidemiology. 1999 Nov;10(6):761-3.


We evaluated reproductive risk factors for mucinous and non-mucinous tumors in a population-based case-control study of epithelial ovarian cancer among women ages 20-79 years. We observed a reduction in risk of tumors of both types in association with one or more full-term pregnancies and with use of oral contraceptives for 5 or more years. While findings of some previous studies support the hypothesis that certain aspects of a woman's reproductive life have a different impact on the risk of these subtypes of ovarian epithelial cancer, our data suggest that this issue is not yet resolved.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hysterectomy
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial / epidemiology*
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Parity
  • Risk Factors
  • Sterilization, Tubal
  • Washington / epidemiology