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A 38-year-old member asked:

is there a possibility of me having ovarian cancer if grandma had it?

2 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
It is possible: Majority of ovarian cancer is sporadic. However, there is a familial type of ovarian cancer- i.e. Ovarian-breast hereditary syndrome- where people can have mutation in the brca 1/2 genes. This will give you significant risk to develop both ovarian ca& breast ca as well as other cancer. Check if there is other family members with different kind of cancers; and discuss with your doctor your risk.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Possible: It is possible for a woman to have ovarian cancer, with or without family history. Inheritance of brca 1 and/or 2 increases the risk of ovarian cancer, among other cancers, e.g., breast. It would be important to consult your doctor if you have any abdominal symptoms, even vague ones.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

My maternal grandmother had ovarian cancer. What is my chance (statistically) of getting ovarian cancer, too?

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Dr. Karl Muench
Clinical Genetics 61 years experience
Probably low.: Unless your grandmother had ovarian cancer at a young age, or had both ovarian and breast cancer, or other close relatives of you and your grandmother have or had ovarian or breast cancer, your risk for ovarian cancer approaches the background statistical risk in your population.
A 37-year-old member asked:

My mum had ovarian cancer. What are the chances of me getting it?

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Dr. Paul Nowicki
Gynecologic Oncology 24 years experience
~7% over: Your lifetime. That is if your mom's cancer is not related to brca 1 or 2 mutation. In that case, if the mutation is passed on to you the risk is between 20-40%. Only about 8.5% of ovarian cancer patients have brca 1 or 2 mutation.
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A 23-year-old female asked:

The risk for ovarian cancer if a great-great grandmother had it & another relative past 3rd degree died from it? Only 2 relatives had it.

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Dr. Stephen Pappachen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Pretty low: Increased risk is usually associated with a history of first degree relatives and early onset/diagnosis (less than 50 years of age)

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