Ovarian cancer also known as the ‘Silent Killer’ is one of the most common gynaecological cancer in women. Ovarian cancer mainly affects women who have been through the menopause (usually over the age of 50), but it can sometimes affect younger women.
BRCA GENE MUTATION
Cancer is not usually inherited, but some types such as ovarian can be strongly influenced by genes and can run in families. A woman’s lifetime risk of developing ovarian cancer is greatly increased if she inherits a faulty BRCA1 or BRCA2.
There are five gynaecological cancers (ovarian, cervical, vulval, womb, and vaginal) but the awareness levels on these cancers are very low, with less than a third of women being confident they know the key symptoms for majority of the gynae cancers.