New recommendations on genetic testing for women with ovarian cancer

13, Feb 2018

A new position statement from Cancer Australia recommends that all women diagnosed with invasive epithelial ovarian cancer be offered assessment of their genetic risk, regardless of their age or family history.

Around 1,600 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer in Australia each year.

Gene faults are common in women with ovarian cancer and are found in approximately 14% of women in Australia with epithelial ovarian cancer – the most common type of ovarian cancer.  Identifying the gene changes involved is important for the treatment and management of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, as well as for their family.

The Position Statement on genetic testing for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer is endorsed by the Australian Society of Gynaecologic Oncologists, the Human Genetics Society of Australasia, the Medical Oncology Group of Australia, Ovarian Cancer Australia, and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

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