Women at Risk of Ovarian Cancer Should Balance Online Info with Professional Guidence, Study Finds

Women at Risk of Ovarian Cancer Should Balance Online Info with Professional Guidence, Study Finds
Women at high risk of ovarian cancer, who were advised to have fallopian tubes and ovaries removed, found that information available online about the precautionary procedure can cause more worry than comfort, Cardiff University researchers reported. The study, “The double-edged sword of ovarian cancer information for women at increased risk who have previously taken part in screening,” was published in the journal ecancer. Chances of developing ovarian cancer are only 2 percent for the general population, but many factors including gene mutations and family history can turn "chance" into risk and require pre-emptive management. Factors include a woman's relationship to a diagnosed family member (roughly 4% for women with one first-degree relative with OC) and number of diagnosed relatives (up to 14% for multiple relatives diagnosed). Mutations in the BRCA1 gene are associated with a 40–60 percent risk of ovarian cancer;mutations in the BRCA2 gene with a 10–30 percent risk. According to researchers, the only absolute risk ridding strategy for women who have not been diagnosed with OC is salpingo-oophorectomy, which
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