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Some genetic mutations such as STK11, BRCA1 and BRCA2 increase the risk for both ovarian cancer and breast cancer. Ovarian cancer survivors who these mutations are at higher risk for breast cancer than women with ovarian cancer who do not have a mutation. The exact risk for breast cancer after ovarian cancer is unknown, but may depend on a number of factors. Research indicates that ovarian cancer survivors with a BRCA mutation survive longer than average compared with ovarian cancer survivors with sporadic cancer, so it is important for ovarian cancer survivors to understand their risk for breast cancer and take appropriate steps to manage their risk.
Genetic experts can help ovarian cancer survivors with an inherited mutation determine their risk for breast cancer and develop a risk management plan.