Ovarian Cancer - Genetics

Some cases of ovarian cancer are hereditary, but no one knows the exact causes of ovarian cancer. However, due to its possible hereditary nature, those at higher risk should make sure to undergo detection programs early and often.

Some cases of ovarian cancer are hereditary, but no one knows the exact causes of ovarian cancer. Doctors seldom know why one woman develops ovarian cancer and another doesn't. However, due to its possible hereditary nature, those at higher risk should make sure to undergo detection programs early and often.

Women who have a mother, daughter, or sister with ovarian cancer have an increased risk of the disease. Also, women with a family history of cancer of the breast, uterus, colon, or rectum may also have an increased risk of ovarian cancer.

If several women in a family have ovarian or breast cancer, especially at a young age, this is considered a strong family history. If you have a strong family history of ovarian or breast cancer, you may wish to talk to a genetic counselor. The counselor may suggest genetic testing for you and the women in your family. Genetic tests can sometimes show the presence of specific gene changes that increase the risk of ovarian cancer.


Source: National Cancer Institute

 


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