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Ovarian Cancer Chemoprevention

Learn about the steps that people at high risk for cancer can take to manage their risk and protect their health.


Chemoprevention is the use of medication to reduce risk or prevent diseases such as cancer in healthy people. Some medications may reduce the risk for ovarian cancer. Just how well these drugs perform in high-risk women depends on each woman’s individual level of risk.

Not all chemoprevention research applies to every person with hereditary cancer risk.  We now know that mutations other than BRCA, such as BRIP1, RAD51C, and RAD51D, also increase ovarian cancer risk.   When considering your best management options, it is important to have a clear a sense of your own risk, as well as the potential benefits and side effects of these medications. A health care team with expertise in managing high-risk patients can help you get a clearer idea of your risk for cancer so you can choose a risk management option that is right for you.

Updated 12/29/2016

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