Risk Awareness

Cancers arise due to accumulation of damage to genes involved in controlling cell growth and DNA repair. In contrast to “sporadic” cancers, in which all mutations are acquired after birth, hereditary cancers arise in individuals who have inherited a mutation in a cancer-causing gene. These individuals generally develop cancer at a younger age than those with sporadic cancers and often develop multiple cancers. Approximately 5-10 percent of cancers arise due to inherited mutations in genes responsible for hereditary cancer syndromes. The most common hereditary cancer syndromes that cause gynecologic cancers are hereditary breast-ovarian cancer syndrome, and Lynch syndrome. Other inherited gene mutations may predispose to gynecologic cancers to a lesser degree, but would not typically manifest as a hereditary cancer syndrome.

Genetic counselors play an important role in helping individuals and their families learn more about their genetic testing options that can lead to the identification of available options if an cancer-linked genetic mutation is identified.

Learn more about Risk Awareness by following these links:

Spotlight

Visit the Sisterhood of Survivorship page to read “Dena’s Story” — by a vulvar cancer survivor who has shared her story and wise words, and channeled her energy into her National Race to End Women’s Cancer team.

Awareness

Vaccine efficacy against vulvar infection with HPV 16/18 was comparable to the efficacy found against cervical infection 4 years after vaccination, according to researchers with the National Cancer Institute.

Research

The Foundation has published its 2014-2015 Research Grants and Awards Booklet with Applications. Please consider applying to become part of an elite group of physician-scientists committed to the well-being of women at risk for/affected by gyn malignancies.

Education

The next Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course will be Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Boston. For more information on courses, click here.