It is not usually possible to say what causes cancer in a particular woman. There are things that women with fallopian tube cancer have in common though. Known risk factors are:
- you are older (most women with fallopian tube cancer are over 50)
- you have never had children
- you have several close blood relatives who have had ovarian, breast, endometrial or colorectal cancer
- you have inherited a faulty gene (such as BRCA1 or BRCA2)
- you have Lynch syndrome (or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer – HNPCC).