The American Cancer Society estimates about 21,750 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year and that it will be fatal in about 13,940 cases. It’s the fifth deadliest cancer for women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. Although it can affect women of all ages, it mainly develops in older women – in fact, half of all cases affect women aged 63 or older. Women at an elevated risk because of family history are more likely to develop ovarian cancer at an earlier age. As many as 20% of ovarian cancer cases are genetic and could be prevented if people took action early. The best ways to determine if you are at an elevated risk for ovarian cancer is to learn about your family cancer history or to ask your doctor about genetic testing. Find out your family cancer history today.