BRCA testing is the best way to detect ovarian cancer
9/3/2015 3:56 PM
Ovarian cancer is a very difficult cancer to detect early on. Although ovarian cancer is more common in the post-menopausal age group, it can occur at any age, including the teenage years.
One of the first signs of ovarian cancer is bloating, but most women feel bloated from time to time. If you can’t tie the bloating to a food you ate or a pre-menstrual symptom, you may want to seek answers.
The BRCA genetic test can help reveal breast or ovarian cancer ahead of time. If it’s positive, there’s more than a 50 percent chance that the woman will develop breast and/or ovarian cancer in her lifetime, depending on which BRCA gene mutation is detected.
The BRCA test costs around $3,000. Your insurance company may help you cover the cost if you have a family history of ovarian or breast cancer. If the test is positive, a woman may choose to have a bilateral mastectomy or have her ovaries removed, depending on her child bearing desires. Additionally, if ovarian cancer is caught in the early stages and is confined to one area, the cancer can often be removed and a woman’s future fertility preserved.
For more useful health information and tips, visit Central Texas Medical Center’s YouTube channel at YouTube.com/CTMCSanMarcos.
Teresa Irwin, MD, FACOG, FPMRS
Dr. Irwin is a board certified gynecologist and a Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgeon. She is certified in da Vinci robotic assisted surgery, laser vaginal rejuvination and designer laser vaginoplasty. She currently practices at the Caring Center for Women in San Marcos and New Braunfels, Texas.