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Know your risk of breast-ovarian cancer syndrome November 23, 2008

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Know your risk of breast-ovarian cancer syndrome

By Cindy Ward (ward@wsbt.com)

Story Updated: Nov 21, 2008 at 6:01 PM EST

Early detection saves lives. This is even more important if you have a family history of breast cancer or ovarian cancer. Studies show there is a link between the two diseases.

Dr. Michael Method is a gynecological oncologist. He says having breast cancer can put you at increased risk for ovarian cancer over time and vice versa. It’s called breast-ovarian cancer syndrome.

“Anyone who has ovarian cancer is not only high risk of developing breast cancer, they’re much higher risk of being a carrier of the gene that actually predisposes them and their family to breast cancer,” Method explained.

The increased risk is connected to mutations in what are called the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Knowing your risk gives you the advantage.

There is preventative action you can take. For instance, getting a mammogram at an earlier age, and doing your self-exam.

Remember, we’ve partnered with Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center to bring you the Pink Pack program.

Here’s how it works:

You pick a friend to be your Pink Pack Pal. Then you request a Pink Pack.

You’ll get a breast self-exam guide, a pen and a kitchen magnet — one for you and one for your Pink Pack Pal. We’ll remind you on the 22nd of every month to call your Pink Pal and remind her to do her breast self-exam. And remember to do yours the same day. Early detection saves lives.

Become a member of the Pink Pack right away — it could save a life.