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Can I prevent germ cell cancer if I have a family history of the disease?

Scott Weissman
Clinical Genetics
When a very specific type of cancer like that runs in a family, there can be a genetic cause to the cancer. If you are able to determine the genetic cause, then you can be tested to see if you have inherited the predisposition so that an intervention (like preventative removal of the ovaries) can be done so you do not develop the cancer. Sometimes, even when a genetic cause cannot be identified, prevention can still be considered to help minimize cancer risk and reduce anxiety about developing it.

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