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Ovarian Cancer Linked To Breast Cancer? Ovarian Cancer Linked To Breast Cancer?

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Unread 10-01-2005, 08:54 AM
Ovarian Cancer Linked To Breast Cancer?


I was just wondering what you guys know about this:

My mom died from breast cancer at the age of 73, she had the cancer for one year before she died. There's nobody that I know of in our family that had ovarian cancer ... and my mom is the only one I know of that had breast cancer.

Are my chances higher of developing ovarian cancer because my mom had breast cancer? Does breast cancer in the immediate family, indicate a higher chance of developing ovarian cancer?

I really want to keep my ovaries if they're ok ... but need to make sure of all this first.

Edited to ask: what about the 'mini' periods I've heard about, if you keep your ovaries ... anybody know much about that?

Thanks guys!
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Unread 10-01-2005, 03:39 PM
Ovarian Cancer Linked To Breast Cancer?

Hi Dee,
I'm sorry to hear about your mother. My Mom also had breast cancer, although it was caught early enough for her to fully recover. It's now been 14 years since her mastectomy.

There is a slight increase in risk for women with a family history of breast cancer. On the other hand, there are other problems associated with removal of the ovaries. You really would have to weigh the options with your DR to make the best decision for your specific case.

Click here for a WebMD article on ovarian cancer risk factors. Good luck as you move forward with your options.
Unread 10-01-2005, 07:25 PM
Ovarian Cancer Linked To Breast Cancer?

In regard to your question about mini-periods, the following information is from Checkpoints:

A Supra-cervical Abdominal Hysterectomy (SAH) means that only the main part of the uterus is removed, and the cervix is left in place. In this case, if you also retained your ovaries, you may experience mini periods.
From what I have read in posts on the site, women who do experience mini-periods may request that their doctor cauterize the cervical tissue which works to eliminate them.

Many s and Best Wishes,

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