What are the risk factors for peritoneal cancer?

Peritoneal cancer may be caused by inherited gene mutations that are passed down from parents to children. If you have a family history of cancer, especially ovarian cancer, fallopian tube cancer, or peritoneal cancer, your doctor will work closely with our clinical genetics service to help identify whether you are at risk for developing cancer.

What can you do to prevent peritoneal cancer?

There is no guaranteed way to prevent cancer. However, there are ways you can lower your risk for disease.

Because a known risk factor for peritoneal cancer is inherited gene mutations, it is important to talk with your doctor about genetic testing if you have a family history of cancer. If our team of genetic specialists find that you have an inherited gene mutation, we can work together with you to develop a screening and prevention plan to help you lower your risk for disease.

Other ways to lower your risk for cancer include:

  • Not using tobacco. Speak with your doctor if you need help quitting.
  • Exercising regularly.
  • Eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy. Talk with your doctor or a nutritionist about what you should include in a healthy diet.
  • Keeping a healthy weight. Ask your doctor what a healthy weight is for you.
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