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Do Irregular Periods Put Me at Risk for Ovarian Cancer?

My period has always been irregular. I recently read something about a possible link between irregular periods and ovarian cancer, and now I'm getting a little worried. Do irregular periods put me at risk for ovarian cancer?

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Some studies do suggest that having irregular periods puts women at risk for ovarian cancer. Specifically, having long cycles or unpredictable cycles may increase the risk.
It is thought that the increased risk is due to a link between polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a common cause of irregular periods, and ovarian cancer. If you have irregular cycles, it is important to discuss this possible risk with your doctor, as steps such as being on birth control pills can be taken to reduce your risk.
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