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Risk of ovarian cancer from mother
Hi Doctor, Hope you are doing well. I am asking this question on for my friend, her mom passed away due to ovarian cancer last year. What is her daughter's (31 years) risk of developing cancer and what precautions she can take to dilute the risk of developing one. Is there any test available for checking the risk factors. Please guide us on this. Thanks
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Most breast and ovarian cancer is not caused by inherited mutations, so genetic testing will not help most women with a family health history of breast and ovarian cancer. However, genetic testing is recommended to certain individuals with strong family health history of breast and ovarian cancer and are of Ashkenazi Jewish or Eastern European ancestry. The breast cancer 1 (BRCA1) and breast cancer 2 (BRCA2) genes are the genes most commonly affected in hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Normally, the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes protects the individual from getting certain cancers. But certain mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes prevent them from working properly, so that if someone inherits one of these mutations, they are more likely to get breast, ovarian, and other cancers. BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations are inherited, family members with BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations usually share the same mutation.
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Do consult your primary oncologist and discuss about Genetic testing. Your doctor might suggest testing using a multigene panel, which looks for mutations in several genes at the same time, including BRCA1 and BRCA2.
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