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Who Should Consider Testing?

Learn about genes and cancer, signs of hereditary cancer, genetic counseling, types of genetic tests and what results mean for you and your family.

Genetic testing for women with ovarian cancer

Ovarian, fallopian tube, and primary peritoneal cancers are very closely related cancers that have been linked to several different inherited mutations. Every women diagnosed with these ovarian-type cancers at any age meets national guidelines for genetic counseling and genetic testing. One out of every five women with ovarian cancer will test positive for an inherited mutation. If you are a woman with ovarian cancer, you should speak with a genetics expert about genetic testing.

Ovarian cancer survivors who had a negative genetic test before 2014 should speak with a genetic counselor to see if additional testing is right for them. Genetic testing has improved since then and new tests can find mutations that were previously missed by older tests. 

Benefits of genetic testing for women with ovarian cancer

Genetic test results may provide you and your family with additional health information and help you make medical decisions. Test results may:

Gene mutations linked to hereditary ovarian cancer

The following gene mutations have been linked with an increased risk for ovarian cancer. Each gene has slightly different cancer risks and recommendations. You should speak with a genetics expert before and after genetic testing to understand which test to order and what your results mean for you and your family. 

Additional support and resources

If you are an ovarian cancer survivor making decisions about genetic testing, you may want additional guidance or support. FORCE's Peer Navigation Program provides expert reviewed resources and 1:1 personalized peer support by specially trained volunteers who have experienced the very challenges you face. 

Updated 08/11/17

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