My maternal grandmother had ovarian cancer. What is my chance (statistically) of getting ovarian cancer, too?
Ovarian Cancer Risk. In some cases, your risk may be as high as 45%. You should consult your gynecologist and consider testing for the presence of the brca 1 and 2 genes, which afford the highest risk. In general, your lifetime risk of developing ovarian cancer with a positive family history is 2-3 x that of the general population.
My maternal grandmother developed Ovarian Cancer at age 70-71. It later came back and had spread to her lungs (smoker). Should I have genetic tests?
Talk to your doctor. People with family histories of certain cancers may be at higher risk than others, and genetic testing (for the BRAC1 and 2 genes, for example) can detect risk not only for breast cancer, but ovarian cancer as well, which should lead to more intense and regular screenings. A physician with interest/expertise in genetics should be consulted if your primary care doctor is not knowledgeable in this. Read more...