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  • Risk summary

Your risk summary

Anita Lessau

Thank you for using our BRCA risk tool.

This is not a diagnosis but a way of using the information you have given us to explore your risk of hereditary ovarian cancer.

From your answers it looks like you have:

  • Two or more family members who are blood related with ovarian cancer or
  • Multiple cases of breast and/or ovarian cancer on one side of your family

Having this many family members, on the same side of the family, affected by these cancers puts you at an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer.

This may be due to an inherited mutation of the BRCA genes that increases risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

Everyone carries BRCA genes in their DNA. Having a mutation in either of these genes can increase a woman's risk of both breast and ovarian cancer.

We strongly recommend that you make an appointment to see your GP to discuss your family's history of cancer. It's a good idea to take with you a note of who has had cancer in your family, and at what age they were diagnosed.

You can ask your GP to refer you to your nearest genetics clinic where you can speak to a genetic counsellor about your family history of cancer and explore whether or not genetic testing for the BRCA gene mutation is appropriate for you.

Research has shown that women who are descended from Ashkenazi Jewish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Dutch, Pakistani and Polish populations are more likely to carry mutations in their BRCA genes than other populations. If this affects you, it's a good idea to mention this at your GP appointment as well.

If you are worried by the results of this test we recommend that you make an appointment to discuss your results with your GP.

Visit www.ovarian.org.uk/brca to find out more.