What are some genetic recommendations and test options for ovarian cancer?

Dr. Michael Guy explains the genetic and testing options for ovarian cancer. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Patients who have ovary cancer should have genetic counseling and undergo genetic testing, according to the Society of Gynecologic OncologyOff Site Icon (SGO). Genetic results can be helpful to other family members by informing them of their cancer risk so they may seek the proper intervention, states the SGO.

According to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH), the following factors suggest a woman may be a candidate for genetic testing:

  • Ashkenazi Jewish ethnicity
  • Both breast and ovarian cancers in either the same woman or the same family
  • Breast cancer diagnosed before age 50
  • Cancer in both breasts in the same woman
  • Cases of male breast cancer
  • Multiple breast cancers
  • Two or more primary types of BRCA1- or BRCA2-related cancers in a single family member

Ask your doctor about the genetic and testing options for ovarian cancer.

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