When to test for a genetic change, what test to take, and most importantly what to do with the results is a huge topic, and one best taken up with your primary gynecologist. We feel that this topic also changes quickly and needs to be revisited. It’s one important reason we would like to make sure our patients do have yearly visits.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says the most important personal risk factor for ovarian cancer is both breast and ovarian cancer in her history.
There is a new study discussed on the National Cancer Institute website that has looked at testing all women at age 30 for BRCA mutations and have found that to be a cost effective strategy.
Risk reducing surgery for those found to be BRCA positive can be life saving, and could be discussed on an individual basis.
Testing all women for BRCA is not yet endorsed by any societies or insurance companies, but it is coming, and you may be someone who should be tested in advance.
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