Risk If Family Member Had Ovarian Cancer

Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Last Modified: January 26, 2012


If my grandmother had ovarian cancer, what is my risk of developing it? Are my kids at risk?


Jill Stopher, MS, Certified Genetic Counselor at Penn Medicine, responds:

Just having a grandmother with ovarian cancer has only a minimal impact on your risk of developing this unless there is a more extensve family history of cancer. Having one close relative increases ones chances from 1-2% to 3-5%. Having a more distant relative with ovarian cancer does not significantly increase your risk. Again, the devil is in the detail in that it depends of whether there are other cancers in the family as well.

This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. View the entire Focus on Gynecologic Cancers transcript.


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