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Top Form Tuesday: How To Determine If You Are at Risk For a Hereditary Cancer Syndrome: You Must Talk To Your Family!

Genetic testing and then applying health care strategies to then reduce that risk is going to help women avoid common female cancers, according to Susan C Modesitt from the University of Virginia. Women are now calculated to have about a 1/3 or ¼ risk of ovarian cancer, but if you also have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene that risk can multiply by 35 times! although complicated blood tests of genes are available, and ultimately have to be done to confirm hereditary cancer syndromes in patients, first you should speak to your family to see if there are reasons to suspect you have this. Warning signs that you are at risk for a hereditary cancer include: a family member who got a very early cancer, family members who have related cancer types, two or more family members with related cancers from one side who have a related cancer, families with rare cancers, or families with multiple rare cancers. Related cancers include ovarian and breast cancer, or uterine, colon, or ovarian cancers, or breast uterine and thyroid.  There are many other groups of related cancers and your gyno or a genetic counselor can help you figure out if they see a pattern. The reason is these cancers come from the same gene mutations as their underlying cause.

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