Individual risk factors should always be considered
To date, studies conducted on long-term survival rates of BRCA gene carriers who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, suggest limited benefits. It is important to stress that particular traits, such as personal history of breast cancer or ovarian cancer, family history of breast cancer or ovarian cancer, as well as other risk factors (age, fertility, pregnancy) can increase or decrease the risk of cancer. “Every patient should be her own advocate. She should be aware of her family history and of other risk factors that she might have. Also, she should talk with her primary care provider about genetic counseling and genetic testing” said Dr. Brown.