How does family history affect ovarian cancer?

Jean A. Hurteau, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Family history is one of the biggest risk factor for ovarian cancer.  Genetic mutations that predispose to ovarian and breast cancer have been identified and can be passed on from generation to generation. It is important to know your family history and communicate it to your physician.
Diljeet K. Singh, MD
Gynecologic Oncology

Family history can increase your risk of developing ovarian cancer, especially if a first-degree relative has had it. Watch gynecologic oncologist Diljeet Singh, MD, explain how inherited predispositions are an important factor in cancer risk.

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