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Overseas Health insurance News: Giving birth 'protects against ovarian cancer'

Women could reduce their likelihood of having to fund ovarian cancer treatments with expatriate health insurance policies by giving birth, statements from a specialist indicate.

Chief executive officer of the Eve Appeal Robert Marsh said "some evidence" supports the view that breastfeeding and pregnancy cut a female's risk of suffering from this condition.

These factors "interrupt ovulation", he explained, noting using the contraceptive pill for an extended period appears to have a similar protective effect.

Further issues that are thought to impact a person's risk of suffering from ovarian cancer are their body mass index (BMI), the expert remarked.

While there is little strong support of a dietary link to the condition, premenopausal women with a BMI higher than 30 could have a better chance of developing the ailment, Mr Marsh said.

According to charity Macmillan Cancer Support, symptoms of ovarian cancer include a loss of appetite, unexpected weight gain, bloating, excessive gas, nausea, indigestion and swelling.

Further warning signs highlighted by the organisation include pain in the lower gut, the back or during sex, as well as changes in toilet habits.

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