Are You At Risk for Ovarian Cancer?
Since my mother died of ovarian cancer and my grandmother died of breast cancer, I’ve always known that I’m at a higher risk for ovarian cancer. I was tested through BRCA testing and discovered, thankfully, that I was negative. This does mean I’m not at the highest risk but I do have an elevated risk, above the normal population who do not have a close family member with ovarian cancer statistics.
Are you at risk?
While the presence of one or more risk factors may increase a woman’s chance of getting ovarian cancer, it does not necessarily mean she will get the disease. A woman with one or more risk factors should be extra vigilant in watching for early symptoms. Risk factors include:
- Genetic predisposition
- Personal or family history of breast, ovarian or colon cancer
- Increasing age
- Undesired infertility
- All women are at risk
- Symptoms exist – they can be vague, but increase over time
- Early detection increases survival rate
- A Pap test DOES NOT detect ovarian cancer (However – just as the article from Monday explains, new research may provide a pap test that does detect some ovarian cancers in the future!