Is chin hair in women a sign of ovarian cancer?

Not exactly. Having chin hair is perfectly normal. The vellus follicles around the chin produce fine and tiny hair that is normal and harmless. However, the growth of excessive dark and coarse hair in a male-like pattern on the face, back and chest is a risk factor of ovarian cancer. The excessive growth of hair in a male-like pattern is a medical condition called Hirsutism.

Females do have testosterone or androgen but in a smaller amount than oestrogen. However, the hormonal imbalance increases testosterone or androgen levels to give male-like characteristics to women, which happens due to hyperandrogenism. Hyperandrogenism is a condition that is common in women and occurs due to high levels of androgens. This abnormal excessive androgen can increase body or facial hair. Due to this reason, doctors often keep androgen-secreting hormones in check if they anticipate ovarian cancer in a patient. Also, doctors recommend testing for androgen-secreting hormones if the patient has hit her menopause.

Moreover, doctors conduct a test to confirm the presence of an androgen-secreting tumour as ovarian cancer can increase testosterone levels in females. With increased levels of androgen in the body, females often suffer from hirsutism that can increase hair on the face. Besides this, the Sertoli and Leydig cells can produce a tumour in the ovaries to release excessive testosterone that can produce prominent facial hairs among women. However, the Sertoli-Leydig tumour in ovaries is a rare condition and accounts for less than one per cent of all primary ovarian tumours.

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