Study: Breast cancer in family increases ovarian cancer risk

09/21/2006 | Reuters

Women who have a breast cancer family history and who have their own personal history of breast cancer may be at an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer, according to a new study. In looking at 49,975 patients, researchers found that risk for ovarian cancer was 40% higher if a woman had a first- or second-degree relative with breast cancer and it was twofold higher among women with two or more first-degree relatives with breast cancer.

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