IF YOU HAD BREAST CANCER, YOU ARE AT GREATER RISK FOR OVARIAN CANCER. IF YOU HAD OVARIAN CANCER, YOU ARE AT GREATER RISK FOR BREAST CANCER.
WHAT IS BRCA?
- BRCA1 and BRCA2 are genes that help repair damaged DNA.
- Every human has both genes
- They are called tumor suppressor genes
- About 0.25% of the population has mutated genes
- They can be passed down to the next generation.
- A family history of breast or colon-rectal cancer is linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer.
- Risk for ovarian cancer from BRCA1 is 30-70%.
- Risk for ovarian cancer from BRCA2 is 10-30%.
Knowledge is power. Know your family history. Know your body. Know the symptoms: bloating, abdominal pain, change in urinary or bowel habits, change in appetite, painful intercourse, unusual or bloody discharge. Act on any symptoms and see your gynecologist within 2 weeks.