Genetic Testing for Ovarian and Breast Cancer

Genetic Testing for Breast and Ovarian Cancer
Who should be tested?
  • A diagnosis of ovarian cancer at any age
  • History of early onset breast cancer (<50 or <60 if ‘triple negative’ breast cancer
  • Diagnosis of male breast cancer at any age
  • Multiple close family members affected with breast or ovarian cancer
  • Personal or close family history with more than one cancer (such as bilateral breast cancer)
  • Multiple generations of close family with cancer. Father’s and mother’s side are both important
  • Personal or family history of pancreatic, prostate, colon or male breast cancer

If you meet any of these criteria ask your PCP to refer you to a genetic counselor for testing. Screening involves: CA125 blood test and a pelvic ultrasound.