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Piedmont Cancer

Gynecologic Cancer

Hereditary Risk Factors for Gynecologic Cancer

Approximately 10-25% of ovarian cancer is hereditary, which means it is caused by an inherited gene mutation that runs in a family. A smaller percentage of endometrial (uterine) cancer and cervical cancer is hereditary. Genetic counselors are available at Piedmont Cancer to help determine if genetic testing for inherited gynecologic cancer risk would be beneficial for you and your family.

If you or a close family member (on either side of the family) have had any of the following, you may benefit from genetic counseling for gynecologic cancer risk:

  • Ovarian cancer, fallopian tube cancer, or primary peritoneal cancer (at any age)
  • Uterine cancer diagnosed at a young age (50 or younger)
  • Uterine cancer and another form of cancer, in the same person
  • Uterine cancer (at any age), as well as a family history of uterine, colon, ovarian, stomach, pancreatic, breast, thyroid, kidney, and/or other cancers
  • Abnormal immunohistochemistry (IHC) or microsatellite instability (MSI) uterine tumor studies

Contact a Genetic Counselor

Ask your doctor about gynecologic cancer genetic risk assessment, or contact one of our genetic counselors at 404-425-7300.