Because ovarian cancer is often caught in the later stages, it is one of the most deadly cancers.
Unlike cervical and breast cancers, there is no screening for ovarian cancer.
Genetics also play a huge role because there is a direct link to breast cancer.
"That's why we recommend that every woman with ovarian cancer be evaluated and potentially tested for these two genes, because that can actually impact other family members as well. They need to be tested for the gene. If we find this gene early on we can do surgery or other interventions, hopefully to prevent the cancer," Dr. Sami Diab with the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center said.
The BRCA gene dramatically raises a woman's chance of breast and ovarian cancer. This hereditary risk can be passed down to children from either their mother or father.
The symptoms of ovarian cancer include having abdominal pain, bloating or nausea.
Dr. Diab says if you notice these symptoms you should talk to your doctor.
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