FAQs

I am only 30 years old do I need to be concerned about ovarian cancer?
Women of all ages can get ovarian cancer, although it is more common among women who have undergone menopause.

If I’ve had my ovaries removed can I still get ovarian cancer?
If your ovaries were healthy when they were removed, then it is unlikely. If you had ovarian cancer when they were removed, it is possible that the ovarian cancer spread to other sites before the ovaries were removed.

Doesn’t the pap smear test for ovarian cancer?
No, the pap smear test screens for cervical cancer.

Is there a screening test for ovarian cancer?
There is not a single reliable screening test for ovarian cancer.  A combination of a CA125 blood test, a pelvic ultrasound, and discussion of symptoms with a gynecologic oncologist is the best it can get at this time.

Is ovarian cancer hereditary?
Not all ovarian cancer is hereditary, but inherited mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes leads to increased risk in ovarian cancer.

If someone in my family has ovarian cancer what are my chances of getting it?
Very complex algorithms and models are used to figure this out. Check out the Johns Hopkins Breast and Ovarian Surveillance Service (BOSS). This clinic offers risk assessment for breast and ovarian cancer to both affected and at-risk individuals. The service is provided by a team of clinicians including physicians, genetic counselors, and nurse practitioners.

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