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.

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I am 44 years old. I have a strong family history of ovarian/breast cancer and braca2 of unknown significance. I getvery painful menstrual cramps. Could I have ovarian cancer?

Painful Menses are. Not a sign of ovarian ca but need regular exams, inculding mammogram. Depending on the chances of your variant, some consider a hysterectomy with ovarian removal. Low dose estrogen only hormone replacement would be much less estrogen than u are making, getting off too quick can have other problems, including cv disease and osteoporosis. If u consider ov removal, low dose hrt need 2b considered. Read more...
Ovarian cancer. It is very hard to screen for ovarian cancer. If you are done having children it would be possible to consider having the ovaries removed. This should be discussed with an ob, genetic counselor, and oncologist to get all the information. Read more...
The curse of the VUS. Personal and family history trumps genetic testing. If you have strong family history of breast/ovarian cancer, it could be that the vus is truly a deleterious mutation yet to be identified as such or have another gene involved besides brca. I would advise you see your gyn and a specialist with expertise in genetic testing/risk assessment. They will go over ways to reduce cancer risk for you. Read more...

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

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. Read more...

In what ways are breast cancer and ovarian cancer associated with each other?

The finding of. The genetic mutation brca 1& 2 link them molecularly, such that risk exceeds 80% and warrant oophorectomy before cancer dx. Since many breast cancers are fueled by estrogen, oophorectomy may diminish overt breast cancer. Read more...

1 great aunt breast [email protected] 71 no other history most women had hysterectomy so don't know if ovarian cancer is issue should I get brac tested?

Personal decision. Your history is not a high risk one. You can ask to have genetic counseling with your breast center to see if your are a good candidate for brca gene testing. You can ask your doctor to run it but unfortunately it is pretty expensive. Check with your doctor. Read more...

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...

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...