Posted on February 6th, 2009 by
- Hereditary predisposition to ovarian cancer accounts for small (5–10%) but significant group of patients.
- Recognition of this fact allows women and their physicians to assess the role of genetic counseling and testing to determine their risk.
- If a mutation is detected, the risk of developing ovarian cancer is marked and interventions are warranted—either for early detection (surveillance) or for risk reduction (chemoprevention and surgery).
- In 2004 the U.S. Surgeon General designated Thanksgiving as National Family History Day. Web-based tools, such as “My Family Health Portrait” are available to help organize family health information (https://familyhistory.hhs.gov).
To learn more about heredity and ovarian cancer, go to Ask the Doctor: Questions and Answers About Ovarian Cancer.
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