Dear Dot, I am sorry to hear that you sister has been diagnosed with
ovarian cancer that has spread to her lungs (advanced stage). About 20-25% of
women diagnosed with ovarian cancer have a hereditary tendency to develop the
disease. The most significant risk factor for ovarian cancer is an inherited
genetic mutation in one of two genes: Breast Cancer gene 1 (BRCA1) or Breast Cancer
gene 2 (BRCA2). It is, therefore, advisable for you to be tested to see whether
you also have the mutated BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. (MCH).
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