Individuals with a family history of ovarian, breast or related cancers are encouraged to speak with their doctor to find out if they are eligible for genetic counselling and testing. Mutations of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are associated with high risks for breast and ovarian cancers. Both genes predispose to breast and ovarian cancer.
People are often unaware that women who are diagnosed with inherited breast cancer are at increased risk for ovarian cancer while those with inherited ovarian cancer are at higher risk for breast cancer.
Genetic counselling can help you to understand the risks and benefits of genetic testing. There is value in learning about this so you can make an informed decision about testing.
Speak to your doctor to find out how to access genetic testing and counselling where you live.