Is there a link between DCIS and ovarian cancer?

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Question from Mary: How great is the link between breast cancer (DCIS) and ovarian cancer?
Answers - Kathy D. Miller, M.D. Most of the link between breast and ovary cancer comes from the breast cancer associated genes BRCA1 and BRCA2. Women who have inherited abnormal forms of those genes are at greater risk of developing both breast and ovary cancer. In women who have not inherited abnormal copies of those genes, there is very little if any increased risk in developing ovary cancer in women who have had breast cancer.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Updates From the 2009 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium featured Kathy Miller, M.D. and Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions about the latest updates on breast cancer risk, screening techniques, treatment options, and more.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in December 2009.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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