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Fallopian Tube Cancer Prevention and Screening

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Fallopian Tube Cancer Screening

Cancer screening exams are important medical tests done when you’re at risk but don’t have symptoms. They help find cancer at its earliest stage, when the chances for successful treatment are highest. Unfortunately, no standardized screening tests have been shown to improve Fallopian tube cancer outcomes. However, if you carry a BRCA gene, you should be screened regularly for Fallopian tube cancer.

Fallopian Tube Cancer Risk Factors

Because Fallopian tube cancer is so rare, we do not know the exact causes and risk factors. Risk factors may include:

  • Age: Fallopian tube cancer can occur in women of any age. But it most often is found in white women between 50 and 60 years old who have had few or no children. The usual age is 60 to 66 years.
  • Family history of Fallopian tube cancer
  • Gene mutations: Women who carry certain gene mutations may have a higher risk of Fallopian tube cancer. These include:
    • BRCA gene mutations, particularly BRCA1, which cause high risk of breast and ovarian cancer
    • One of the genes that cause HNPCC (hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer), also called Lynch syndrome.

Some women have a lower risk of getting Fallopian tube cancer. These include women who have:

  • Used birth control pills
  • Delivered and breast-fed children. The more children you have had, the lower your risk of Fallopian cancer.

Not everyone with risk factors gets Fallopian tube cancer. However, if you have risk factors, it’s a good idea to discuss them with your health care provider.

If you are concerned about inherited family syndromes that may cause Fallopian tube cancer, we offer advanced genetic testing to let you know your risk.

If you have been diagnosed with Fallopian tube cancer, we’re here to help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

Fallopian Tube Cancer Prevention

Research shows that many cancers can be prevented. Visit the Prevention section of our website to find out steps you can take to avoid cancer.

© 2016 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center