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:


Thank you to Nat’l Race Chair Camille Grammer for hosting a successful event at her home to get the word out about the National Race to End Women’s Cancer!


The Foundation is featured in the Sept. issues of Coping, Women and Family Circle magazines. Look out for our articles & ads!


The Foundation is proud to offer various Research Grants and Awards. Click here for more information.


FREE Gynecologic Cancer Survivors Courses throughout the country. For more information, click here.