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Does ovarian cancer run in families?

Does ovarian cancer run in families?

Yes it can: A family history of ovarain cancer in a first-degree relative (sister, mother, daughter) increases the ovarain cacner risk in a erson. Certain inherited genetic syndromes such as brca mutation carriers and patients with lynch syndrome are predisposed to ovarain cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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I have all the symptoms of ovarian cancer and it does run in my family. But I do not have health insurance. What do I do?

I have all the symptoms of ovarian cancer and it does run in my family. But I do not have health insurance. What do I do?

Obamacare will help: State or federal websites where you can go to buy insurance are called health insurance exchanges, or marketplaces. California's marketplace is called Covered California, and is where people can go to compare and select health plans offered by private companies, and to find out if they are eligible for Financial Aid to help afford the insurance. Meanwhile, go to a county Ob-Gyn clinic for an exam. ...Read more

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When should you start getting tested for ovarian cancer if family history of it?

When should you start getting tested for ovarian cancer if family history of it?

BRAC testing: With a family history of ovarian cancer, you might want to consider brac 1 and 2 testing. A mutation in one of these genes has a dramatic effect on your risk of both ovarian and breast cancer. To answer your question, there is no perfect age, because there is no perfect test for ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Could you get ovarian cancer if you don't have family history and you never had cancer early?

Could you get ovarian cancer if you don't have family history and you never had cancer early?

Hereditary cancers: Only 10-15% of ovarian cancers are hereditary (passed through a family). So, most cases of ovarian cancer happen in women with no family history. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting ovarian cancer at 24? No family history

What are the chances of getting ovarian cancer at 24? No family history

Very unlikely: Ovarian cancer typically occurs in older women, after menopause, with an average age of around 60. It's very rare at your age, although they can also be associated with people with a family history of breast and colon cancers. ...Read more

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Could you tell me the chances of someone of 29 having ovarian cancer with no family history?

Could you tell me the chances of someone of 29 having ovarian cancer with no family history?

Why do you ask?: Never play "guess the odds" if there is any reason to think there is a cancer. I'm going to assume that a mass has been found in the ovary and that it's been recommended that a determination be made as to whether it's ovarian cancer. One-year-old girls can get ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Can I get a hysterectomy because there is a high risk of ovarian cancer in my family?

Can I get a hysterectomy because there is a high risk of ovarian cancer in my family?

Sometimes: Usually this is only considered if the patient has a known genetic predisposition, such as hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome (associated with brca1 and brca2). Talk to your doctor to see if your family history meets the criteria for testing for an inherited cancer syndrome. Note that these syndromes only make up a small fraction of the cancer diagnosed here. ...Read more

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I have a history of ovarian cancer in my family, is it ok for me to get gardasil vaccinations?

Yes: Yes, but hpv has nothing to do wi cancer of the ovaries. Hpv causes all cervical cancers and bulk of vaginal, vulvar and anal cancers as well as most head-and-neck cancs, non-melanoma skin cancers and many other problems. You should get this shot for both daughters and sons no matter what your history is! ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Ovarian Cancer (Definition)

It is a cancer which arises from the ovary. This cancer is typically silent, producing little or no symptoms till it spreads, first into the pelvic area and later into the peritoneal cavity leading to fluid accumulation(ascites) which is often the first symptom. Despite its late presentation, there is a reasonable treatment for it, with some long term survivors even ...Read more