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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can there be a link between breast cancer and ovarian cancer?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
Hereditary Link: App. 10% of all cases of breast and ovarian ca in the us are of the hereditary type, many of which are associated with mutations in the brca genes. Women with brca mutations have a 60-70% lifetime risk of developing breast ca and a 15-40% chance of ovarian ca. Women with a strong family history of breast and/or ovarian ca may have a simple blood test to check for these mutations.
Dr. Marci Dietrich
Bariatrics 42 years experience
Yes, there can be: There are some genetic blood tests brca type. So far, there is brca i and brca 2. This doesn't mean you can't have an inherited form of breast ca and ovarian ca---as of now not yet discovered, and no blood test to determine a patient's risk. A woman can have breast and ovarian cancer and have negative genetic tests----we don't have all the answers yet.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 18 years experience
Yes: Hereditary breast cancer increases your risk of both ovarian and breasts cancers.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Correlation between breast cancer and ovarian cancer?

1 doctor answer6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Raymundo Romero
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
SMALL: In 90% of cases there is no correlation. In 10% of cases it may be associated with the hereditary breast ovarian syndrome in which brca 1 & brca 2 mutations are responsable for the increase risk and development of these cancers.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Can ovarian cancer and breast cancer be hereditary?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joshua Garren
Radiation Oncology 25 years experience
Yes, of course: This is one of the classic hereditary cancer syndromes. Sorry, i don't have enough characters to be allowed to give you a full asnwer here, but quoting wikipedia: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/hereditary_breast%e2%80%93ovarian_cancer_syndrome.
A 38-year-old member asked:

If you were diagnosed with breast cancer, what is the chance of you getting ovarian cancer?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
5%: Women with a personal history of breast cancer have a 3-fold increased risk of ovarian cancer. This association is even higher in women with a brca mutation, who may have a15-45% risk of ovarian cancer.
Meridian, MS
A 33-year-old female asked:

If breast cancer runs in your family are you more prone to ovarian cancer?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes, if gene present: There is a specific gene that can be tested to see if you have a susceptibility to breast, ovarian or colon cancer.

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