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How can I prevent ovarian cancer if I have a BRCA mutation?

Shelly Weiss
Clinical Geneticist

Unfortunately, we don’t yet have good screening tools to detect ovarian cancer at an early stage. For this reason, most ovarian cancers are diagnosed at later stages, where they are not curable. Transvaginal ultrasounds and CA-125 blood tests can be utilized for screening with an understanding of their limitations. At this time we are recommending that when a woman who has a BRCA mutation is done completing her family, in her mid to late 30s she should consider having her ovaries removed preventatively.

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