Ovarian cancer and the BRCA mutation

Lisa Michels
Nurse Assisting Patient Undergoing Mammogram

A BRCA mutation is hereditary, and is a risk factor for ovarian and other cancers. Unfortunately, less than 25 percent of ovarian cancer patients with BRCA mutations are identified yearly. Did you know?

  • A patient diagnosed with ovarian cancer at any age meets National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines for Hereditary Breast Ovarian Cancer Syndrome clinical testing. This is important for insurance coverage for testing.
  • ¬†One in seven ovarian cancer cases is due to a BRCA mutation.
  • A BRCA 1 mutation carries a 24 to 54 percent lifetime risk for ovarian cancer and BRCA 2 carries an 11 to 27 percent risk.
If you, a close relative or a friend have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, talk to your provider about genetic testing.

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