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

Hear from Dr. Anil Sood, the Foundation’s Research Chairman, and Carol Brown, 2014 SGO Program Chair, about research of interest to women and the public presented at the 2014 SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer. Watch the video

Awareness

A new SGO Clinical Practice Statement states women diagnosed with epithelial ovarian, tubal, and peritoneal cancers should be considered for genetic counseling and testing, even in the absence of a family history.

Education

The next Gynecologic Cancer Survivors Course Friday, May 2, 2014 in Long Island, NY. For more information on courses, click here.