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Ovarian Cancer Survivors

Learn more about how HBOC affects members of specific populations.

Breast cancer risk and management

Ovarian cancer survivors who have hereditary cancer are at higher risk for breast cancer than women with sporadic ovarian cancer. The exact risk for breast cancer after ovarian cancer is unknown, but may depend on a number of factors. 

Ovarian cancer survivors with an hereditary cancer have options for managing their risks for a breast cancer. The most appropriate options differ between women and depend on many considerations. In general there are 3 categories of risk management options which are discussed in more detail in their respective sections.

It is important to remember that none of the risk-management options will eliminate all cancer risk.  Some risk always remains, even with the surgical options.

Risk management decisions are highly personal. If you are at high risk for breast cancer, you need a clear sense of your own personal risk and an understanding of the potential benefits, risks, and side effects of each risk management option. Genetic experts can help ovarian cancer survivors who have a BRCA mutation, a family history of cancer, or other indicators of hereditary cancer determine their risk for breast cancer and develop a risk management plan. Continue to keep in touch with a genetics expert for updates on current knowledge.

Updated 12/20/2016

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