When I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer I was not aware that ovarian cancer was linked to breast cancer and that I had a genetic mutation running through my family. Genetic testing was not offered to me initially as I was only asked about my mother and sisters and they had not had cancer. However I have since found out I do have the BRCA1 genetic fault and it is responsible for my cancer. This fault can be inherited through your mother or your father's side.
If you or any family member has had:
~ ovarian or fallopian tube cancer at any age
~ breast cancer at age 50 or younger
~ breast cancer in both breasts at any age
~ both breast and ovarian cancer
~ male breast cancer
and if more than one family member on the same side of the family has had any of these cancers:
~ breast cancer
~ ovarian or fallopian tube cancer
~ prostate cancer
~ pancreatic cancer
you should see a genetic counsellor and enquire about testing.
Or use MacMillan's online tool Opera to check your risk: macmillan.org.uk/Cancerinfo...