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

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

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. ...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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What's my likelihood of having the mutated genes if three people in my family have have breast and ovarian cancer? They were my nan and her sisters

What's my likelihood of having the mutated genes if three people in my family have have breast and ovarian cancer?  They were my nan and her sisters

Suspicious: It is difficult to tell you odds without having more details regarding your family history but I have to say it is quite suspicious. You can see a specialist in risk assessment and genetics but ideally the test should be done first in affected individuals, preferably the one with ovarian cancer or the youngest to get breast cancer (assuming they are alive). Best to you. ...Read more

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What is the gene you can have that makes you more likely to get breast and ovarian cancer?

What is the gene you can have that makes you more likely to get breast and ovarian cancer?

Among many: BRCA1/2: There are a number of genes associated with increased risk of developing breast cancer. BRCA1 & 2 are the most known and studied but other genes are: TP53, PTEN, PALB2, CHEK2 ... (see list at http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/type/breast-cancer/about/risks/breast-cancer-genes) NCI has good info on BRCA1/2 at http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/BRCA as a starting point ...Read more

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There is a gene you can have that makes you more likely to get breast and ovarian cancer that is hereditary. What gene is that?

There is a gene you can have that makes you more likely to get breast and ovarian cancer that is hereditary. What gene is that?

BRCA mutation: The gene is called brca, and mutations in this gene are associated with an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Check out this link for more info: www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/.../brca. ...Read more

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My mother was diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancer when she was 34. I'm just 17 but when should I start worrying about getting this?

My mother was diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancer when she was 34. I'm just 17 but when should I start worrying about getting this?

Now!: This history is very concerning for a mutation in a brca gene. You should see a genetic counselor to discuss possible testing for a brca1 or 2 mutation. If this is positive, you may want to consider having your ovaries removed at some point, and your breasts as well. Ask your doctor to refer you for genetic counseling so you can plan how to reduce your risk of breast and ovarian cancer! ...Read more

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What could a painful breast lump in an 18 year old be? Family history or breast and ovarian cancer

What could a painful breast lump in an 18 year old be? Family history or breast and ovarian cancer

Lets review you are : You've noticed a painful lump, how long has it been there? What day of your cycle are you on? Have you had this complaint before? Do you drink caffeine? Is there a family histroy =of breast cancer? Is the area hot? Red? does it involve the nipple or nipple discharge? At your age, the most likely cause would be fibrocystic disease which can cuase painful lumps especially due to certain foods and c ...Read more

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Can lexapro (escitalopram) up your chances of breast/ ovarian cancer?

Can lexapro (escitalopram) up your chances of breast/ ovarian cancer?

No: It can help many conditions, but triggering cancer wouldn't be one of them ...Read more

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Ways to reduce my risk of developing breast cancer? (family history of breast/ovarian cancer)

Ways to reduce my risk of developing breast cancer? (family history of breast/ovarian cancer)

Genetic testing: Probably the best way is for someone in your family get the brac/brca test to see if your family carriers the gene for breast and ovarian cancer. A low fat diet and not smoking are important for non genetic breast cancer. Regular self exams are important too. ...Read more

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Can ovarian cancer and breast cancer be hereditary?

Can ovarian cancer and breast cancer be hereditary?

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. ...Read more

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Correlation between breast cancer and ovarian cancer?

Correlation between breast cancer and ovarian cancer?

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. ...Read more

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