fall 2016

Advances in Hereditary Ovarian Cancer Genetic Counseling & Testing

It has been well established that while the majority of ovarian cancers arise sporadically, up to 20% are considered to be hereditary. Mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes provide an explanation in many of these hereditary cases, but not all suggestive personal and family histories are explained by BRCA1/2. As our awareness of additional ovarian-cancer susceptibility genes continues to grow, the scope of available genetic testing has also begun to expand.