Genetic testing is also important after an ovarian cancer diagnosis. Your treatment will include removing the tumor(s) and possibly chemotherapy, depending on how much cancer is in your body and where it is located. You can help yourself and others by requesting testing for genetic mutations that may run in families, such as BRCA1 (breast cancer gene 1) or BRCA2.
Get an annual pelvic exam, know the risk factors and symptoms of ovarian cancer, and trust your gut. You know your body. If something is wrong, ask for help.
Ovarian cancer is difficult to diagnose. However, being in tune with your body, sharing knowledge with friends and family, and talking to your health care provider if something happens can make a positive difference in your fight against ovarian cancer.