Genetic Testing for Ovarian Cancer Risk

Some women are born with an increased risk for developing ovarian, peritoneal, and fallopian tube cancer. To find out if this is the case for you, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Clinical Genetics Service can give you these tests and provide skilled guidance on what to do with the results.

Our specially trained counselors and doctors offer:

  • hereditary risk assessment
  • genetic counseling
  • genetic testing

For example, you may wonder if you’re at increased risk because a family members related to you by blood has already been tested and found to carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes associated with ovarian and breast cancer. Or a blood relative may have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, or diagnosed with breast cancer before age 50. Results of testing – which is done through a simple blood test – are usually available within a few weeks.

When You’re at Increased Risk

If testing indicates you’re at increased risk for ovarian cancer, one of our counselors can help you clarify and better understand the level of risk, and what your options may be for next steps. Together, we’ll help you make a plan for moving forward that’s focused on your needs and what you’re comfortable with.

Depending on your unique situation, options may include:

  • a surgical procedure – salpingo-oophorectomy – in which surgeons remove your ovaries and fallopian tubes
  • taking oral contraceptives to reduce risk
  • regular and intensive screening with ultrasound (sonography) of the ovaries to detect abnormalities and monitoring levels of the marker CA125 in the blood
  • fertility-sparing options