At Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center, we recognize that every case of fallopian tube cancer is unique, with different signs and symptoms and prevention strategies. All women are at risk for gynecologic cancers and that risk usually increases with age.
Because fallopian tube cancer is rare, not much is known about the risk factors or ways to prevent the disease.
Fallopian Tube Cancer Risk Factors
Risk factors affect the chance of getting fallopian tube cancer. Having a risk factor, or even several, does not mean that someone will get cancer.
The following factors may raise a woman's risk of developing fallopian tube cancer:
- Age. Fallopian tube cancer occurs mostly in postmenopausal women in their fifties and sixties.
- Family history. A family history of fallopian tube cancer can increase a woman's risk of developing this cancer.
- Genetic mutations. Recent studies have suggested that a mutation in the BRCA1 gene, which is linked to breast and ovarian cancer, may also increase the risk of developing fallopian tube cancer.
Fallopian Tube Cancer Prevention
Because fallopian tube cancer is very rare and there are no known risk factors, there is also no known way to prevent the disease from occurring.
While there's no guaranteed way to prevent fallopian tube cancer, one of the best ways to prevent all forms of cancer is to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and regular exercise.
Fallopian Tube Cancer Risk Assessment
If you have a personal or family history of fallopian tube cancer, or have a condition that puts you at higher risk, you may benefit from consulting with a genetic counselor to determine your risk of developing fallopian tube cancer.