This month, which is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, we will be chatting about The Breast and Ovarian Cancer Connection. We are so happy that representatives from FORCE (@FacingOurRisk) and The National Society of Genetic Counselors (@GeneticCouns) will be joining us for the very important discussion.
Cancer can be caused by many things. But when a cancer develops because of an inherited mutation, that is called a hereditary cancer. The most common causes of Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) are mutations in the BRCA1 and/or BRCA2 genes. But other genes such as PALB2, CHEK2, ATM, BRIP1 and RAD51C may also increase one's risk for breast and ovarian cancer.
Topic questions include:
T1A :What is hereditary breast and ovarian cancer(HBOC)?Which are the most commonly affected genes in HBOC?
T1B: What information do genetic counselors need to determine risk and the need for women to be tested?
T2A: What % of women diagnosed with #BC have these mutations? What % with #ovca have these mutations?
T2B: Has the number of prophylactic surgeries increased in the past 10 years? Have celebrity stories about their surgeries helped or hindered?
T3: What options do women with a BRCA mutation (Previvors) have to reduce their risk of the diseases? How will the new USPSTF recommendations impact women?
T4: What is the best way to communicate to women with a mutation regarding their increased risk of breast and ovarian cancers? Patients: who shared this info with you?
T5: If you had genetic testing what reaction did you have when you learned you had or did not have a BRCA mutation?
Read more about these genetic connections on the FORCE website at:
Learn more about genetic testing and the role of the genetic counselor on the NSGC site at:
If you are a previvor, survivor, caregiver or you work with gyn cancer or breast cancer patients, we look forward to having you join us on Wednesday, September 11th at 9pmET!
See you then,
#gyncsm co-founder and co-moderator