Family history and
A family history of ovarian cancer, or certain genetic mutations, can put a woman at higher risk of developing the disease. It’s important to understand the risk factors, talk with your doctors, and be aware of the signs and symptoms. Early detection is key in the fight against ovarian cancer.
There’s lots of information available to help you understand the issue:
- The National Cancer Institute explains the gene mutations that can lead to ovarian cancer and describes the process of genetic testing here.
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers a summary of risk categories broken down by family history factors
- The CDC also explains genetic testing
- The CDC discusses genetic counseling and evaluation
If you’re concerned that you’re at higher risk for ovarian cancer, talk with your doctor.