BREAST & OVARIAN CANCERS

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.