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Losing someone can give you an increased awareness of your mortality. My Grandmother recently passed away, and it’s made me stop and think. While she was in her nineties when she died, there are no guarantees in this life. We can be here one moment and gone the next.
Ovarian Cancer Testing
While there are no guarantees when it comes to how long we’ll live, we can do our best to live a healthy lifestyle and be aware of genetic issues we may need to deal with. Being aware is the first step. If you’re not aware, you cannot take action to improve your health or change your lifestyle.
BRCA1 and BRCA2 are human genes involved with cell growth, cell division, and cell repair. Although they are most commonly associated with BReast CAncer, approximately 15% of women with ovarian cancer also have BRCA gene mutations.
There are some misperceptions about BRCA testing, such as the misperception that only those with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer or who are diagnosed at a young age should be tested. But, family history and age are poor predictors of BRCA status in ovarian cancer patients, which is why it is so important for all women with ovarian cancer to be tested.
For patients with advanced ovarian cancer who have had multiple lines of chemotherapy, the prognosis is poor, and treatment options are progressively limited with each additional line of therapy. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 21,000 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in the Unites States in 2015 and that a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer is 1 in 73.
Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system and is often diagnosed late because symptoms mirror everyday ailments.
Please help raise awareness for ovarian cancer testing during the month of September by having conversations with your friends and family members about ovarian cancer and the importance of BRCA testing, and by sharing one of the images or videos in this post on your social channels with the hashtag #beBRCAware.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.