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?

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.
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.
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.

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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...

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...

My bio mother had breast cancer at a young age, and my bio grandmother had ovarian cancer. Both passed from it. Prophylactic mastectomy an option?

Depends. If you are 18 years old, that is a very early age to be considering mastectomy surgery. It would be best to see your family doctor and get a referral to a genetic counselor for consideration of brca testing to see what your risks are. You may or may not have a higher risk of breast and/or ovarian cancers. Be checked first before considering the worst. Read more...
Possibly. Brca 1 and 2 are genetic mutations that can be passed through families, and those affected have a higher than average risk of developing those kinds of cancers. Would recommend appointment with a genetic counselor and consider getting that test done. If positive, then you and your doctor can make a plan for higher intensity monitoring or prophylactic surgery. Read more...
Genetic counseling. You should see a genetic counselor to assess your risk and to determine if genetic testing is appropriate for you. 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...

I've heard that one of the side effects of thyroid meds is ovarian cancer, as well as breast cancer and on the minor scale, hair loss. Is this true?

No. I assume you mean synthroid/levothyroxin for thyroid replacement therapy. This is just a synthetic thyroid hormone for those who cannot make it in their own thyroid. This does not cause cancer. Typically a low functioning thyroid will cause hair loss, not therapy. Read more...